Ticks and tick-borne pathogens in wild birds in Greece.

Abstract:

:Wild birds are common hosts of ticks and can transport them for long distances, contributing to the spreading of tick-borne pathogens. The information about ticks on birds and tick-borne pathogens in Greece is limited. The present study aimed to evaluate the prevalence and species of ticks infesting wild resident birds (mostly small passerines) in Greece, and to assess Borrelia and Rickettsia infection in the collected ticks. Detection of Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. was performed by nested PCR targeting the flaB gene. Rickettsia spp. were detected by PCR targeting the gltA and ompA genes. Seven (2 %) out of 403 birds examined in northern Greece in 2013 were infested with 15 ticks, identified as Ixodes frontalis, Ixodes acuminatus, Hyalomma marginatum, Hyalomma aegyptium and Hyalomma sp. All ticks were negative for Borrelia spp. while four of them were positive for rickettsiae (Rickettsia aeschlimannii in H. aegyptium and Rickettsia sp. in I. frontalis, H. aegyptium and H. marginatum). Ixodes acuminatus is reported for the first time in Greece and Sylvia borin is reported as a new host record for I. acuminatus.

journal_name

Parasitol Res

journal_title

Parasitology research

authors

Diakou A,Norte AC,Lopes de Carvalho I,Núncio S,Nováková M,Kautman M,Alivizatos H,Kazantzidis S,Sychra O,Literák I

doi

10.1007/s00436-016-4943-3

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2016-05-01 00:00:00

pages

2011-6

issue

5

eissn

0932-0113

issn

1432-1955

pii

10.1007/s00436-016-4943-3

journal_volume

115

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