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identification of rickettsia felis in fleas but not ticks on stray cats and dogs and the evidence of rickettsia rhipicephali only in adult stage of rhipicephalus sanguineus and rhipicephalus haemaphysaloides.rickettsia spp. are zoonotic pathogens and mainly transmitted by various arthropod vectors, such as fleas, ticks, and lice. previous epidemiological studies indicated that ectoparasites infested on dogs or cats may be infected by rickettsia spp., and transmit them to human beings accidentally. in this study, the prevalence of rickettsia infection was evaluated using fleas and ticks from stray dogs and cats in taiwan. a total of 158 pools made by 451 cat fleas (ctenocephalides felis) from 37 dogs ...201122000945
first detection and molecular identification of babesia gibsoni from rhipicephalus sanguineus ticks.babesia gibsoni was firstly identified in rhipicephalus sanguineus ticks infested on dogs in asia. a total of 1195 ticks collected from veterinary practitioners and pet clinics were examined for babesia by nested-polymerase chain reaction assay based on the 18s small subunit ribosomal rna (ssrrna) gene. babesia infection was detected in nymph, male and female ticks with an infection rate of 2.42%, 0.98% and 1.97%, respectively. sequence and phylogenetic analysis revealed that these babesia spp. ...201727686959
molecular analysis of ixodes granulatus, a possible vector tick for borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato in taiwan.the genetic identity of ixodes granulatus ticks was determined for the first time in taiwan. the phylogenetic relationships were analyzed by comparing the sequences of mitochondrial 16s ribosomal dna gene obtained from 19 strains of ticks representing seven species of ixodes and two outgroup species (rhipicephalus sanguineus and haemaphysalis inermis). four major clades could be easily distinguished by neighbour-joining analysis and were congruent by maximum-parsimony method. all these i. granul ...200919184580
the prevalence of anaplasma platys and a potential novel anaplasma species exceed that of ehrlichia canis in asymptomatic dogs and rhipicephalus sanguineus in taiwan.canine anaplasmosis is regarded as an infection by anaplasma platys rather than zoonotic anaplasma phagocytophilum in subtropical areas based on the assumption that the common dog tick species is rhipicephalus sanguineus, which transmits e. canis and presumably a. platys. we investigated asymptomatic dogs and dog ticks from 16 communities in nantou county, taiwan to identify common dog tick species and to determine the prevalence of anaplasma and ehrlichia spp. of total 175 canine blood samples ...201728781347
first detection and molecular identification of babesia vogeli from rhipicephalus sanguineus (acari: ixodidae) in taiwan.a total of 578 rhipicephalus sanguineus ticks collected from dogs in taiwan were examined for babesia by species-specific polymerase chain reaction assay based on the 18s small subunit ribosomal rna (ssrrna) gene. babesia dna was detected in 1.04 % (6/578) of rh. sanguineus ticks. phylogenetic analysis revealed that these babesia spp. were genetically linked to the same clade within the genospecies of babesia vogeli and could be discriminated from other genospecies of babesia. intra-species anal ...201626796569
molecular analysis of rhipicephalus sanguineus (acari: ixodidae), an incriminated vector tick for babesia vogeli in taiwan.the genetic identity of rhipicephalus sanguineus tick was determined for the first time in taiwan. the phylogenetic relationships were analyzed by comparing the sequences of mitochondrial 16s ribosomal dna gene obtained from 32 strains of ticks representing six species of rhipicephalus, two species of dermacentor and two outgroup species (haemaphysalis inermis and ixodes ricinus). seven major clades can be easily distinguished by neighbour-joining analysis and were congruent by maximum-parsimony ...201627815655
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