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detection of microbial agents in ticks collected from migratory birds in central italy.tick species characterization and molecular studies were performed within ornithological surveys conducted during 2010 and 2011 in the lazio region of central italy. a total of 137 ticks were collected from 41 migratory birds belonging to 17 species (four partial migrants and 13 long-distance migrants). most ticks were nymphs, with a predominance of hyalomma marginatum marginatum and h. m. rufipes, and a small portion of ixodes and amblyomma species. all tick species analyzed were infected, and ...201424576218
[ticks and the pediatrician].the match between ticks and pediatricians in italy is usually a seasonal event related to the spring and summer trips and to the increasing of outdoor activity that sun and warm weather allow, both for children and ticks. so cared parents reach emergencies asking for tick removal but more often after the tick has yet been removed by empirical manoeuvres and after the killing and the destruction of the "enemy". we have scheduled, in the years 2002-2003, the 167 children that reached our unit for ...200415305698
lyme disease seroprevalence in a region of central italy.the present study reports the seroprevalence of igg antibodies to b. burgdorferi by testing sera from volunteer blood donors in latium, a region of central italy. all samples were tested by elisa and the positive samples were assayed by western blotting as a confirmatory test. a positivity rate of 4.3% was recorded by elisa, while after the confirmatory test by western blotting the positivity rate decreased to 1.5%. the presence of significant antibody titers to b. burgdorferi in the sera of hea ...19958590392
prevalence of borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato genomospecies and of the human granulocytic ehrlichiosis (hge) agent in ixodes ricinus ticks collected in the area of monti lepini, italy.ticks are obligate hematophagous arthropods that are parasites in every class of vertebrates in most regions of the world. they are also considered to be important vectors for the transmission of human infectious diseases. in the present study we used polymer chain reaction (pcr) amplification analysis to determine the prevalence of borrelia burgdorferi and ehrlichia phagocytophila, the agents of, respectively, lyme borreliosis and human granulocytic ehrlichiosis, among ticks inhabiting the area ...200312797900
risk of acquiring tick-borne infections in forestry workers from lazio, italy.the seroprevalence of antibodies to borrelia burgdorferi and tick-borne encephalitis (tbe) virus was evaluated in a group of forestry rangers in the lazio region of italy. one hundred and forty-five forestry rangers and 282 blood donors were examined by two-tiered serological tests for b. burgdorferi and tbe virus. information on occupation, residence, tick bites, outdoor leisure activities and other risk factors was obtained. the prevalence of igg/igm antibodies to b. burgdorferi showed no stat ...201020714765
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