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  1. Content type: Research

    Aedes (Stegomyia) albopictus (Skuse) is an indigenous species and the predominant vector of dengue fever in China. Understanding of genetic diversity and structure of the mosquito would facilitate dengue preventi...

    Authors: Yuyan Guo, Zhangyao Song, Lei Luo, Qingmin Wang, Guofa Zhou, Dizi Yang, Daibin Zhong and Xueli Zheng

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:228

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  2. Content type: Letter to the Editor

    The observation that certain species of parasite may adaptively manipulate its host behaviour is a fascinating phenomenon. As a result, the recently established field of ‘host manipulation’ has seen rapid expa...

    Authors: Ryan Herbison, Clement Lagrue and Robert Poulin

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:222

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    Adult fleas are haematophagous ectoparasites of warm-blooded vertebrates, particularly mammals. Among them, the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) and the human flea (Pulex irritans) have high veterinary-medical si...

    Authors: Sándor Hornok, Relja Beck, Róbert Farkas, Andrea Grima, Domenico Otranto, Jenő Kontschán, Nóra Takács, Gábor Horváth, Krisztina Szőke, Sándor Szekeres, Gábor Majoros, Alexandra Juhász, Harold Salant, Regina Hofmann-Lehmann, Michal Stanko and Gad Baneth

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:221

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    Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in Bihar State (India) continues to be endemic, despite the existence of effective treatment and a vector control program to control disease morbidity. A clear understanding of spat...

    Authors: Rakesh Mandal, Shreekant Kesari, Vijay Kumar and Pradeep Das

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:220

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  5. Content type: Research

    Enterocytozoon bieneusi is an obligate, intracellular fungus and is commonly reported in humans and animals. To date, there have been no reports of E. bieneusi infections in Bactrian camels (Camelus bactrianus). ...

    Authors: Meng Qi, Junqiang Li, Aiyun Zhao, Zhaohui Cui, Zilin Wei, Bo Jing and Longxian Zhang

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:219

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  6. Content type: Review

    The gastropod-borne nematodes Angiostrongylus vasorum and Aelurostrongylus abstrusus are global causes of cardio/pulmonary diseases in dogs and cats. In the last decade, the number of reports on canine and feline...

    Authors: Felipe Penagos-Tabares, Malin K. Lange, Jenny J. Chaparro-Gutiérrez, Anja Taubert and Carlos Hermosilla

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:208

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  7. Content type: Research

    Malaria causes significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. There are several preventive measures that are currently employed, including insecticide-treated nets (ITNs, including long-lasting insecticidal ne...

    Authors: Kinley Wangdi, Luis Furuya-Kanamori, Justin Clark, Jan J. Barendregt, Michelle L. Gatton, Cathy Banwell, Gerard C. Kelly, Suhail A. R. Doi and Archie C. A. Clements

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:210

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  8. Content type: Research

    The outbreaks of bluetongue and Schmallenberg disease in Europe have increased efforts to understand the ecology of Culicoides biting midges and their role in pathogen transmission. However, most studies have foc...

    Authors: Tim W. R. Möhlmann, Uno Wennergren, Malin Tälle, Guido Favia, Claudia Damiani, Luca Bracchetti, Willem Takken and Constantianus J. M. Koenraadt

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:217

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  9. Content type: Research

    Malaria is a public health problem in Ethiopia and its transmission is generally unstable and seasonal. For the selection of the most appropriate vector control measures, knowledge on the ecology of the vector...

    Authors: Mizan Kindu, Esayas Aklilu, Meshesha Balkew and Teshome Gebre-Michael

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:215

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  10. Content type: Research

    Host-associated microbes, collectively known as the microbiota, play an important role in the biology of multicellular organisms. In mosquito vectors of human pathogens, the gut bacterial microbiota influences...

    Authors: Laura B. Dickson, Amine Ghozlane, Stevenn Volant, Christiane Bouchier, Laurence Ma, Anubis Vega-Rúa, Isabelle Dusfour, Davy Jiolle, Christophe Paupy, Martin N. Mayanja, Alain Kohl, Julius J. Lutwama, Veasna Duong and Louis Lambrechts

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:207

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  11. Content type: Research

    Giardiasis is an important gastrointestinal parasitic disease in humans and other mammals caused by the protozoan Giardia duodenalis. This species complex is represented by genetically distinct groups (assemblage...

    Authors: Yosra A. Helmy, Nastasja G. Spierling, Sabrina Schmidt, Ulrike M. Rosenfeld, Daniela Reil, Christian Imholt, Jens Jacob, Rainer G. Ulrich, Toni Aebischer and Christian Klotz

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:213

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  12. Content type: Research

    The spherical body is a distinct organelle only existing in Babesia and Theileria. Spherical body proteins (SBPs) are secreted from spherical bodies and incorporated into the cytoplasm of infected erythrocytes du...

    Authors: Jiaying Guo, Jinfang Hu, Yali Sun, Long Yu, Junwei He, Pei He, Zheng Nie, Muxiao Li, Xueyan Zhan, Yangnan Zhao, Xiaoying Luo, Junlong Liu, Lan He and Junlong Zhao

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:205

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  13. Content type: Research

    Phlebotomus papatasi sand flies are major vectors of Leishmania major and phlebovirus infection in North Africa and across the Middle East to the Indian subcontinent. Population genetics is a valuable tool in und...

    Authors: Catherine M. Flanley, Marcelo Ramalho-Ortigao, Iliano V. Coutinho-Abreu, Rami Mukbel, Hanafi A. Hanafi, Shabaan S. El-Hossary, Emad El-Din Y. Fawaz, David F. Hoel, Alexander W. Bray, Gwen Stayback, Douglas A. Shoue, Shaden Kamhawi, Mehmet Karakuş, Kaouther Jaouadi, Mohammad Reza Yaghoobie-Ershadi, Andreas Krüger…

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:214

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  14. Content type: Short report

    In Switzerland, the invasive Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, is firmly established in the Canton of Ticino, south of the Alps. According to a large-scale distribution model developed in 2013, suitable cli...

    Authors: Damiana Ravasi, Valeria Guidi, Eleonora Flacio, Peter Lüthy, Karl Perron, Samuel Lüdin and Mauro Tonolla

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:212

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  15. Content type: Short report

    Genetically enhanced Metarhizium pingshaense are being developed for malaria vector control in Burkina Faso. However, not much is known about the local prevalence and pathogenicity of this fungus, so we prospecte...

    Authors: Etienne Bilgo, Brian Lovett, Raymond J. St. Leger, Antoine Sanon, Roch K. Dabiré and Abdoulaye Diabaté

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:209

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  16. Content type: Research

    Anopheles beklemishevi is a member of the Maculipennis group of malaria mosquitoes that has the most northern distribution among other members of the group. Although a cytogenetic map for the larval salivary glan...

    Authors: Gleb N. Artemov, Mikhail I. Gordeev, Alina A. Kokhanenko, Anton V. Moskaev, Alena I. Velichevskaya, Vladimir N. Stegniy, Igor V. Sharakhov and Maria V. Sharakhova

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:211

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  17. Content type: Research

    Cystoisospora suis causes diarrhoeal disease and reduced weight gain in suckling piglets, and a toltrazuril-based oral suspension is available for treatment. Recently a combinatorial product with toltrazuril plus...

    Authors: Anja Joachim, Aruna Shrestha, Barbara Freudenschuss, Nicola Palmieri, Barbara Hinney, Hamadi Karembe and Daniel Sperling

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:206

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  18. Content type: Short report

    Giardia duodenalis and Enterocytozoon bieneusi are widespread pathogens that can infect humans and various animal species. Thus far, there are only a few reports of G. duodenalis and E. bieneusi infections in rum...

    Authors: Yuan Song, Wei Li, Haifeng Liu, Zhijun Zhong, Yan Luo, Yao Wei, Wenlong Fu, Zhihua Ren, Ziyao Zhou, Lei Deng, Jianguo Cheng and Guangneng Peng

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:204

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  19. Content type: Research

    At present, much research effort has been devoted to investigate overall (“average”) responses of parasite populations to specific factors, e.g. density-dependence in fecundity or mortality. However, studies o...

    Authors: Francisco Javier Aznar, Jesús Servando Hernández-Orts, Gabriela Vélez-Rubio, Luis M. Fernández, Nadia T. Muriel and Juan Antonio Raga

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:203

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  20. Content type: Research

    The current understanding of the landscape epidemiology of Ross River virus (RRV), Australia’s most common arthropod-borne pathogen, is fragmented due to gaps in surveillance programs and the relatively narrow...

    Authors: Michael G. Walsh and Cameron Webb

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:192

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  21. Content type: Research

    Wolbachia are maternally transmitted bacteria that can manipulate their hosts’ reproduction causing cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI). CI is a sperm-egg incompatibility resulting in embryonic death. Due to this st...

    Authors: Mine Altinli, Filiz Gunay, Bulent Alten, Mylene Weill and Mathieu Sicard

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:198

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  22. Content type: Research

    Hemotropic mycoplasmas (hemoplasmas) have been found infecting cats worldwide. However, studies about feline hemoplasma infections in Spain are scarce. Therefore, the purpose of the research was to evaluate th...

    Authors: David Díaz-Regañón, Alejandra Villaescusa, Tania Ayllón, Fernando Rodríguez-Franco, Mercedes García-Sancho, Beatriz Agulla and Ángel Sainz

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:140

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  23. Content type: Research

    Northeastern Italy is a hotspot for several tick-borne pathogens, transmitted to animals and humans mainly by Ixodes ricinus. Here we compare the results of molecular monitoring of ticks and zoonotic TBPs over a ...

    Authors: Graziana Da Rold, Silvia Ravagnan, Fabio Soppelsa, Elena Porcellato, Mauro Soppelsa, Federica Obber, Carlo Vittorio Citterio, Sara Carlin, Patrizia Danesi, Fabrizio Montarsi and Gioia Capelli

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:137

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  24. Content type: Research

    The fruit fly Phortica variegata (Drosophilidae: Steganinae) feeds on the ocular secretions of animals and humans, and has been described as an intermediate host of the eye worm Thelazia callipaeda (Spirurida: Th...

    Authors: Valentina Marino, Rosa Gálvez, Vito Colella, Juliana Sarquis, Rocío Checa, Ana Montoya, Juan P. Barrera, Sonia Domínguez, Riccardo Paolo Lia, Domenico Otranto and Guadalupe Miró

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:195

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  25. Content type: Research

    Babesia spp. and Hepatozoon spp. are apicomplexan parasites that infect a variety of animals, including canids. Their life-cycle includes an invertebrate hematophagous vector as a definitive host and vertebrates ...

    Authors: Maayan Margalit Levi, Yaarit Nachum-Biala, Roni King and Gad Baneth

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:150

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  26. Content type: Short report

    Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) has been increasingly recognized in cats living in areas endemic for the disease. Co-infection with Leishmania infantum and other infectious agents is well established in dogs. However...

    Authors: Mary Marcondes, Karina Y. Hirata, Juliana P. Vides, Ludmila S. V. Sobrinho, Jaqueline S. Azevedo, Thállitha S. W. J. Vieira and Rafael F. C. Vieira

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:131

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  27. Content type: Research

    Apicomplexan tick-borne pathogens that cause disease in companion animals include species of Babesia Starcovici, 1893, Cytauxzoon Neitz & Thomas, 1948, Hepatozoon Miller, 1908 and Theileria Bettencourt, Franca & ...

    Authors: Telleasha L. Greay, Alireza Zahedi, Anna-Sheree Krige, Jadyn M. Owens, Robert L. Rees, Una M. Ryan, Charlotte L. Oskam and Peter J. Irwin

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:197

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  28. Content type: Research

    Venezuela is an endemic area for human and canine leishmaniosis due to Leishmania infantum and parasites of the Leishmania braziliensis and L. mexicana complexes. Limited data are available on feline leishmaniosi...

    Authors: Aruanai Kalú Rivas, Magdalena Alcover, Pamela Martínez-Orellana, Sara Montserrat-Sangrà, Yaarit Nachum-Biala, Mar Bardagí, Roser Fisa, Cristina Riera, Gad Baneth and Laia Solano-Gallego

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:141

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  29. Content type: Research

    Cats can be carriers of infected arthropods and be infected with several vector-borne pathogens (VBP) but there is limited knowledge about their pathogenic role in cats.

    Authors: Maria Flaminia Persichetti, Maria Grazia Pennisi, Angela Vullo, Marisa Masucci, Antonella Migliazzo and Laia Solano-Gallego

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:136

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  30. Content type: Research

    Ticks are transmitting a wide range of bacterial pathogens that cause substantial morbidity and mortality in domestic animals. The full pathogen burden transmitted by tick vectors is incompletely studied in ma...

    Authors: Martin O. Andersson, Conny Tolf, Paula Tamba, Mircea Stefanache, Gabriel Radbea, Dimitrios Frangoulidis, Herbert Tomaso, Jonas Waldenström, Gerhard Dobler and Lidia Chitimia-Dobler

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:144

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  31. Content type: Research

    Cerebral malaria, the main complication of Plasmodium falciparum infection in humans, is associated with persistent neurocognitive sequels both in human disease and the murine experimental model. In recent years,...

    Authors: Luciana Pereira de Sousa, Roberto Farina de Almeida, Flávia Lima Ribeiro-Gomes, Leonardo José de Moura Carvalho, Tadeu Mello e Souza, Diogo Onofre Gomes de Souza and Cláudio Tadeu Daniel-Ribeiro

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:191

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  32. Content type: Research

    Ticks are important carriers of many different zoonotic pathogens. To date, there are many studies about ticks and tick-borne pathogens (TBP), but only a few were carried out in Bulgaria. The present study int...

    Authors: Julian Nader, Nina Król, Martin Pfeffer, Valerie Ohlendorf, Marco Marklewitz, Christian Drosten, Sandra Junglen and Anna Obiegala

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:165

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  33. Content type: Short report

    Some wild animals have been recognized as potential reservoirs of Leishmania infantum infection (e.g. carnivores, lagomorphs, rodents, etc.). Leishmania infantum was also identified infecting humans and lagomorph...

    Authors: Guadalupe Miró, Amelia Troyano, Ana Montoya, Fernando Fariñas, Ma Luisa Fermín, Luís Flores, Carlos Rojo, Rocío Checa, Rosa Gálvez, Valentina Marino, Cristina Fragío and Eva Martínez-Nevado

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:185

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  34. Content type: Short report

    Domestic dogs are not native to sub-Saharan Africa, which may account for their susceptibility to Babesia rossi, of which endemic black-backed jackals (Canis mesomelas) are natural reservoirs. There is virtually ...

    Authors: Barend L. Penzhorn, Edward C. Netherlands, Courtney A. Cook, Nico J. Smit, Ilse Vorster, Robert F. Harrison-White and Marinda C. Oosthuizen

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:158

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  35. Content type: Short report

    Molecular identification of tick-borne pathogen infection in cats from Africa is scarce. The presence of bacterial (Anaplasma and Ehrlichia) and protozoal (Babesia and Hepatozoon) agents was investigated in blood...

    Authors: Ana Cristina Oliveira, Maria Francisca Luz, Sara Granada, Hugo Vilhena, Yaarit Nachum-Biala, Ana Patrícia Lopes, Luís Cardoso and Gad Baneth

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:167

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  36. Content type: Short report

    Giardia duodenalis is a flagellated parasite that causes diarrhea in humans and other animals. Although G. duodenalis is found in companion animals worldwide, information regarding the prevalence and genetic char...

    Authors: Lei Deng, Run Luo, Haifeng Liu, Ziyao Zhou, Lingyu Li, Yijun Chai, Leli Yang, Wuyou Wang, Hualin Fu, Zhijun Zhong, Suizhong Cao and Guangneng Peng

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:199

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  37. Content type: Research

    Ticks derived from cats have rarely been evaluated for the presence of pathogens. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Bartonella spp., haemoplasma species and Hepat...

    Authors: Florent Duplan, Saran Davies, Serina Filler, Swaid Abdullah, Sophie Keyte, Hannah Newbury, Chris R. Helps, Richard Wall and Séverine Tasker

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:201

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  38. Content type: Short report

    Borrelia miyamotoi is a spirochete transmitted by several ixodid tick species. It causes a relapsing fever in humans and is currently considered as an emerging pathogen. In Europe, B. miyamotoi seems to occur at ...

    Authors: Silvia Ravagnan, Laura Tomassone, Fabrizio Montarsi, Aleksandra Iwona Krawczyk, Eleonora Mastrorilli, Hein Sprong, Adelaide Milani, Luca Rossi and Gioia Capelli

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:130

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  39. Content type: Short report

    Qatar is one of the wealthiest and fastest growing economies in the world, experiencing a rapid increase in human and pet populations. Given the paucity of data on prophylactic measures against endo- and ectop...

    Authors: Ana Margarida Alho, Clara Lima, Vito Colella, Luís Madeira de Carvalho, Domenico Otranto and Luís Cardoso

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:133

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  40. Content type: Research

    Ehrlichia canis is a tick-borne bacterium that causes severe, life-threatening disease in dogs, being more prevalent in tropical and subtropical countries. Randomized studies conducted in Brazil indicate that the...

    Authors: Filipe Dantas-Torres, Yury Yzabella da Silva, Débora Elienai de Oliveira Miranda, Kamila Gaudêncio da Silva Sales, Luciana Aguiar Figueredo and Domenico Otranto

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:139

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  41. Content type: Short report

    Renal disease is considered the main cause of natural mortality in dogs with canine leishmaniosis. The pathological mechanisms associated with kidney injury in canine leishmaniosis include immune complex glome...

    Authors: Gad Baneth, Gilad Segev, Michal Mazaki-Tovi, Hila Chen and Sharon Kuzi

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:151

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  42. Content type: Research

    Babesia gibsoni is the predominant tick-borne protozoan blood parasite affecting dogs throughout the Oriental region. Babesia gibsoni is transmitted by Haemaphysalis longicornis, whereas a similar role has been s...

    Authors: Frans Jongejan, Bi-Ling Su, Hsiang-Ju Yang, Laura Berger, Judith Bevers, Pin-Chen Liu, Jou-Chien Fang, Ya-Wen Cheng, Charlotte Kraakman and Nadine Plaxton

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:134

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  43. Content type: Short report

    The status of flea infestation in dogs is an important public health concern because of their cosmopolitan distribution worldwide and the flea-borne disease transmission. In the present study, we investigated ...

    Authors: Kyu-Sung Ahn, Shin-Eui Huh, Sang-Woo Seol, Ha-Jung Kim, Kuk-Hyun Suh and SungShik Shin

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:196

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  44. Content type: Short report

    Tick-borne diseases pose a major threat in public health. The epidemiological dynamics of these diseases depends on the tick vector species and their hosts, as well as the geographical distribution and ecology...

    Authors: Ioana Adriana Matei, Gianluca D’Amico, Angela Monica Ionică, Zsuzsa Kalmár, Alexandra Corduneanu, Attila D. Sándor, Nicodim Fiţ, Liviu Bogdan, Călin M. Gherman and Andrei Daniel Mihalca

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:193

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  45. Content type: Research

    Flea-borne spotted fever (FBSF) caused by Rickettsia felis is an arthropod-borne zoonosis. This study aimed to determine the prevalence, primary species and genotype(s) of R. felis infecting fleas from dogs and c...

    Authors: Yen Thon Teoh, Sze Fui Hii, Stephen Graves, Robert Rees, John Stenos and Rebecca Justine Traub

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2018 11:138

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