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molecular survey on zoonotic tick-borne bacteria and chlamydiae in feral pigeons (columba livia domestica).to determine the presence of zoonotic tick-borne bacteria in feral pigeons (columba livia domestica) from urban areas.201627086148
the pigeon tick (argas reflexus): its biology, ecology, and epidemiological aspects.the european pigeon tick, argas reflexus (f.), is in central europe predominantly an urban pest parasitizing wild and domesticated pigeons, columba livia. under certain circumstances, however, it also bites humans, occasionally causing an ige-mediated type-i allergy. control of a. reflexus is very difficult because of a number of remarkable morphological, physiological, and behavioural features of the tick. the present study aimed at elucidating the distribution and the frequency of occurrence o ...199910652727
[appearance of antibodies against borrelia burgdorferi in different populations of pigeons (columba livia var. domestica vel urbana].borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of lyme borreliosis, can infect both mammals and birds. the purpose of the present survey was to determine the presence of antibodies against b. burgdorferi in different populations of pigeons. 1043 sera from pigeons (carrier-, urban-, show-pigeons) were examined by standard serological methods. b.burgdorferi shows crossreaction with b. anserina. therefore all sera were evaluated by ifat and elisa for both borrelia species. the results demonstrate no evi ...19979198966
borrelia in pigeons: no serological evidence of borrelia burgdorferi infection.in order to clarify the supposed involvement of urban pigeons (columba livia livia) in the epidemiology of lyme disease, the presence of antibodies against borrelia burgdorferi and borrelia anserina in pigeons' sera, collected in 12 areas of northern and central italy, was evaluated. this evaluation was carried out using a classic immunofluorescence assay (ifa), a surface immunofluorescence assay (sifa) and a standard western blot (wb) assay. a total of 104 out of 3,186 (3.26%) serum samples wer ...19958578924
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