serologic evidence of infection with ehrlichia spp. in wild rodents (muridae: sigmodontinae) in the united states.rodent (muridae: sigmodontinae) blood and sera collected from 14 states were tested for seroreactivity to a cultured isolate of the human granulocytic ehrlichiosis (hge) agent by using an indirect immunofluorescence assay. of the 1,240 samples tested, 136 (11%) were found to be reactive at titers of > or = 32. rodents with hge agent-specific antibodies were found in new york (23% of 491 samples; geometric mean endpoint titer [gmt] = 441), connecticut (11% of 100 samples; gmt = 481), california ( ...19989508298
wild birds and urban ecology of ticks and tick-borne pathogens, chicago, illinois, usa, 2005-2010.bird-facilitated introduction of ticks and associated pathogens is postulated to promote invasion of tick-borne zoonotic diseases into urban areas. results of a longitudinal study conducted in suburban chicago, illinois, usa, during 2005-2010 show that 1.6% of 6,180 wild birds captured in mist nets harbored ticks. tick species in order of abundance were haemaphysalis leporispalustris, ixodes dentatus, and i. scapularis, but 2 neotropical tick species of the genus amblyomma were sampled during th ...201223017244
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