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Título: The importance of lizards and small mammals as reservoirs for Borrelia lusitaniae in Portugal
Autor: Norte, Ana Cláudia
Alves da Silva, António
Alves, Joana
Pascoal da Silva, Luís
Núncio, Maria Sofia
Escudero, Raquel
Anda, Pedro
Ramos, Jaime A.
Lopes de Carvalho, Isabel
Palavras-chave: Infecções Sistémicas e Zoonoses
Lizards
Small Mammals
Reservoirs
Borrelia lusitaniae
Portugal
Data: Abr-2015
Editora: Society for Applied Microbiology and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Citação: Environ Microbiol Rep. 2015 Apr;7(2):188-93. doi: 10.1111/1758-2229.12218. Epub 2015 Jan 23
Resumo: Borrelia lusitaniae is a pathogen frequent in the Mediterranean area. Apart from lizards, evidence for birds and small mammals as competent reservoirs for this genospecies has been occasional. We collected questing ticks, skin biopsies and Ixodes sp. ticks feeding on lizards, birds and small mammals in a B. burgdorferi s.l. (sensu lato) enzootic area to assess their importance in the maintenance of B. lusitaniae. Borrelia lusitaniae was the most prevalent genospecies in questing ticks and was commonly found in larvae feeding on Psammodromus algirus. One biopsy infected with B. lusitaniae was collected from the tail of one Podarcis hispanica, which suggests systemic infection. Ixodes ricinus larvae feeding on Apodemus sylvaticus were infected with B. lusitaniae but with a lower prevalence. Our results reinforce the importance of lizards as reservoirs for B. lusitaniae, suggesting that P. algirus, in particular, acts as main reservoir for B. lusitaniae in Portugal.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.18/3416
DOI: 10.1111/1758-2229.12218
ISSN: 1758-2229
Versão do Editor: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1758-2229.12218/epdf
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