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Table 3 Pathogen PCR results and GenBank ID sequences according to tick species

From: Ticks and associated pathogens collected from cats in Sicily and Calabria (Italy)

  Number of positive ticks to any pathogen/ numbers of ticks studied (%)  
PCR pathogens I. ventalloi R. sanguineus sensu lato R. pusillus I. ricinus Ixodes spp. Ticks total (%) GenBank ID sequences
Bartonella clarridgeiae 1/62 (1.6 %) 1/28 (3.5 %) 0 (0 %) 0 (0 %) 0 (0 %) 2/132 (1.5 %) emb|FN645454.1|
Hemotropic Mycoplasma spp. 0 (0 %) 0 (0 %) 0 (0 %) 0 (0 %) 0 (0 %) 0/132 (0 %) NA
Rickettsia spp. 1/62 (1.6 %)a 2/28 (7.1 %) 0 (0 %) 2/20 (10 %) 2/5 (40 %) 7/132 (5.3 %) ND
Rickettsia monacensis 1 (1.6 %) 2 (7.1 %) 0 (0 %) 1 (5 %) 1 (20 %) 5 (3.8 %) gb|KF016136.1|
Rickettsia helvetica 1 (1.6 %) 0 (0 %) 0 (0 %) 1 (5 %) 1 (20 %) 3 (2.3 %) gb|JQ796866.1|
Ehrlichia spp. /Anaplasma spp. 1/62 (1.6 %) 0 (0 %) 0 (0 %) 0 (0 %) 0 (0 %) 1/132 (0.75 %) Ehrlichia canis KF034789.1
Babesia vogeli 0 (0 %) 1/28 (3.5 %) 0 (0 %) 0 (0 %) 0 (0 %) 1/132 (0.75 %) JX871885.1
Hepatozoon felis 0 (0 %) 0 (0 %) 0 (0 %) 0 (0 %) 0 (0 %) 0/132 ND
Leishmania infantum 4/62 (6.4 %)b 3/28 (10.7 %)c 3/17 (17.6 %) 1/20 (10 %) 0 (0 %) 11/132 (8.3 %) ND
Total number of positive ticks to any pathogen/total numbers of ticks studied (%) 6/62 (9.7 %) 5/28 (17.8 %) 3/17 (17.6 %) 3/20 (15.0 %) 2/5 (40.0 %) 19/132 (14.4 %) NA
  1. aOne tick was co-infected with R. monacensis and R. helvetica; bone female tick co-infected with B. clarridgeiae. cOne male tick coinfected with B. vogeli and one female tick co-infected with R. monacensis. NA not applicable, ND not determined