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geographical and seasonal distribution of the bluetongue virus vector, culicoides imicola, in central italy.following the first incursion of bluetongue virus (btv) into italy, the geographical and seasonal distribution of the biting midge culicoides imicola kieffer (diptera: ceratopogonidae), the main vector of btv and african horse sickness virus, was investigated in two regions of central italy (lazio and tuscany). surveillance of culicoides was carried out between july 2001 and december 2002 using light traps: 1917 collections were made in 381 trap sites, well distributed across both regions. durin ...200314651652
cystic echinococcosis in italy from the 1950s to present.in italy the epidemiological pattern of cistic echinococcosis (ce) is incomplete and the information for most regions is out of date, contradictory, and almost exclusively limited to the intermediate hosts. the disease is found most frequently in particular social and economic conditions: widespread use of extensive or semi-extensive sheep farming, illegal slaughtering, and high numbers of sheepdogs and other types of dogs. the highest incidence in sheep is found in sardinia (70.6-92.8%), sicily ...200416044697
new findings on anaplasmosis caused by infection with anaplasma phagocytophilum.ixodes ricinus (i. ricinus) is one of the vectors of anaplasma phagocytophilum (a. phagocytophilum) in europe, in which rates of infection range from 1.9% to 34%. in 1998, human granulocytic ehrlichiosis-like (hge-like) ehrlichia dna was detected in italy, by pcr technique in one i. ricinus nymph out of 55 ticks that were examined. in 1996, 6.3% of 310 human sera in high-risk subjects from italy were found positive for antibodies to ehrlichia phagocytophila (e. phagocytophila). in the same year, ...200617135539
statistical modelling of the spatial distribution of prevalence of calicophoron daubneyi infection in sheep from central italy.statistical modelling for disease mapping and ecological analysis is of particular importance in veterinary parasitology because environmental characteristics can affect parasite distribution. however, the main difficulties relate to the concentration of animal populations within farms, which contrasts to the study of wild animal populations. in the present paper we report the results of a cross-sectional coprological survey designed to study the presence and distribution of the rumen fluke cali ...200516044685
[statistical models for spatial analysis in parasitology].the simplest way to study the spatial pattern of a disease is the geographical representation of its cases (or some indicators of them) over a map. maps based on raw data are generally "wrong" since they do not take into consideration for sampling errors. indeed, the observed differences between areas (or points in the map) are not directly interpretable, as they derive from the composition of true, structural differences and of the noise deriving from the sampling process. this problem is well ...200415305691
[contribution to the knowledge of helminths of the alimentary tract of ovis aries in lazio]. 19675608355
ethnobotanical and ethnomedicinal uses of plants in the district of acquapendente (latium, central italy).in the years 2002-2003 research was carried out concerning ethnomedicine in the acquapendente district (viterbo, latium, central italy), an area so far less frequently studied from the perspective of plant folk traditions. the district, from the ethnobotanical point of view, shows traces of the influences of the neighbouring regions. in this study 96 plant entities are described, belonging to 45 families, of which 64 are employed in human medicine, 15 in veterinary medicine, 22 in the feeding of ...200515619562
traditional phytotherapy in central italy (marche, abruzzo, and latium).in this study, the more significant results of extensive ethnopharmacobotanical research carried out by the author in the years 1977-2000 in 175 localities of three regions of central italy (marche, abruzzo, and latium) have been reported and compared. the usages of 80 species belonging to 36 families are described, of which 71 were used in human therapy and 29 in veterinary medicine. uses are suited with the number of localities in which they have been mentioned. among the wild plant mainly sti ...200515664457
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