first detections of rickettsia helvetica and r. monacensis in ectoparasitic mites (laelapidae and trombiculidae) infesting rodents in south-western slovakia.information on circulation of rickettsiae between small mammals and their ectoparasitic mites is scarce. in this study, we investigated infestation rates of rodents with mites in some areas of sw slovakia and the role of mites as possible vectors of pathogenic rickettsiae. a total of 615 rodents of five species were caught during 2010-2012. all individuals were examined for ectoparasites which resulted in 2821 mites belonging to three species of laelapidae and six species of trombiculidae. the m ...201525843569
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