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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Short Communication

Year: 2020

Authors: Battisti, E; Urach, K; Hodžić, A; Fusani, L; Hufnagl, P; Felsberger, G; Ferroglio, E; Duscher, GG

Title: Zoonotic Pathogens in Ticks from Migratory Birds, Italy.

Source: Emerging Infectious Diseases 2020; 26: 2886-2988

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Duscher Georg
Fusani Leonida
Hodzic Adnan

Vetmed Research Units
Institute of Parasitology
Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, Unit of Ornithology

Migratory birds can transport infected ticks across continents. We evaluated pathogens in ticks collected from migratory birds in Italy. We found DNA from Rickettsia aeschlimannii, R. africae, and R. raoultii bacteria, all of which can cause disease in humans. Bird migrations might facilitate the spread of these pathogens into new areas.

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