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Type of publication: Tezės kituose recenzuojamuose leidiniuose / Theses in other peer-reviewed publications (T1e)
Field of Science: Biologija / Biology (N010)
Author(s): Mardosaitė-Busaitienė, Dalytė;Radzijevskaja, Jana;Drigotaitė, Paulė;Balčiauskas, Linas;Paulauskas, Algimantas
Title: Investigation of Babesia microti in small rodents in Europe
Is part of: Smart Bio : ICSB 3rd international conference, 02-04 May 2019, Kaunas, Lithuania : abstract book / Vytautas Magnus university. Panevėžys : UAB "Reklamos forma", 2019, Nr. 3
Extent: p. 164-164
Date: 2019
Keywords: Babesia microti;Rodents;Lithuania
Abstract: Although Babesia microti is main causative agent of human babesiosis in the USA, serological evidence of B. microti infection have been reported in Europe. Recently, two asymptomatic cases of human infection with B. microti have been reported in Poland. B. microti was reported in Europe and USA in different species of wild-living rodents, which are considered reservoir hosts of this parasite. In Europe identified four B. microti strains ‘Jena/Germany’, ‘Munich/Germany’, ‘USA’, and ‘Baltic’ which was only detected in I. persulcatus ticks collected from Latvia and Estonia. The phylogenetic analysis of Lithuanian B. microti isolates from Ixodes ricinus showed that all sequences were identical to the ‘Jena/Germany’ strain potentially pathogenic to human. However, there still is a lack of knowledge on prevalence of B. microti strains in rodents. Small rodents representing eight species - Apodemus flavicollis, A. agrarius, Mus musculus, Micromys minutus, Myodes glareolus, Microtus oeconomus, M. agrestis and M. arvalis were captured with live-traps in twelve different locations of Lithuania during 2013–2016. Prevalence of Babesia spp. was detected in 25% of M. glareolus, 7.3% of A. flavicollis and 3% of M. minutus. The sequence of 18S rRNA gene analysis shows that Babesia isolates from rodents were 99-100% similar to B. microti Jena/Germany type sequences deposited in GenBank. This study is the first investigation of B. microti in small rodents from Baltic countries
Affiliation(s): Biologijos katedra
Gamtos mokslų fakultetas
Gamtos tyrimų centras
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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