experimental model to evaluate the human body louse as a vector of plague.yersinia pestis has been found in human body lice during plague outbreaks. to evaluate the role that the human body louse plays as a vector of plague, we allowed lice to feed on rabbits made bacteremic by intravenous inoculation of 10(9) colony-forming units of 3 strains of y. pestis. high mortality rates were observed in all lice 2 and 3 days after infection. the lice remained infected with the strains for their life span and excreted viable organisms in their feces from day 1, although they we ...200617083045
a new clade of african body and head lice infected by bartonella quintana and yersinia pestis-democratic republic of the congo.the human body louse is known as a vector for the transmission of three serious diseases-specifically, epidemic typhus, trench fever, and relapsing fever caused by rickettsia prowazekii, bartonella quintana, and borrelia recurrentis, respectively-that have killed millions of people. it is also suspected in the transmission of a fourth pathogen, yersinia pestis, which is the etiologic agent of plague. to date, human lice belonging to the genus pediculus have been classified into three mitochondri ...201526392158
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