Microbial pathogens in ticks, rodents and a shrew in northern Gyeonggi-do near the DMZ, Korea

Joon Seok Chae, Do Hyeon Yu, Smriti Shringi, Terry A. Klein, Heung Chul Kim, Sung Tae Chong, In Yong Lee, Janet E Foley

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Abstract

A total of 1,618 ticks [420 individual (adults) and pooled (larvae and nymphs) samples], 369 rodents (Apodemus agrarius, Rattus norvegicus, Tscherskia triton, Mus musculus, and Myodes regulus), and 34 shrews (Crocidura lasiura) that were collected in northern Gyeonggi-do near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) of Korea during 2004-2005, were assayed by PCR for selected zoonotic pathogens. From a total of 420 individual and pooled tick DNA samples, Anaplasma (A.) phagocytophilum (16), A. platys (16), Ehrlichia (E.) chaffeensis (63), Borrelia burgdorferi (16), and Rickettsia spp. (198) were detected using species-specific PCR assays. Out of 403 spleens from rodents and shrews, A. phagocytophilum (20), A. platys (34), E. chaffeensis (127), and Bartonella spp. (24) were detected with species-specific PCR assays. These results suggest that fevers of unknown causes in humans and animals in Korea should be evaluated for infections by these vector-borne microbial pathogens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-293
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Veterinary Science
Volume9
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2008

Keywords

  • Bartonella
  • Borrelia
  • Crocidura lasiura
  • Rickettsia
  • Rodents
  • Tick-borne pathogens

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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    Chae, J. S., Yu, D. H., Shringi, S., Klein, T. A., Kim, H. C., Chong, S. T., Lee, I. Y., & Foley, J. E. (2008). Microbial pathogens in ticks, rodents and a shrew in northern Gyeonggi-do near the DMZ, Korea. Journal of Veterinary Science, 9(3), 285-293.