susceptibility of the common hamster (cricetus cricetus) to francisella tularensis and its effect on the epizootiology of tularemia in an area where both are endemic.francisella tularensis is a highly infectious zoonotic agent causing the disease tularemia. the common hamster (cricetus cricetus) is considered a pest in eastern europe, and believed to be a source of human tularemia infections. we examined the role of the common hamster in the natural cycle of tularemia using serologic methods on 900 hamsters and real-time polymerase chain reaction (pcr) on 100 hamsters in an endemic agricultural area. we collected 374 ixodes acuminatus ticks from the hamsters ...201020966287
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