Introduction. Limited information is available about the presence of tick-borne pathogens in urban parks in Italy. To fill this gap, ticks were collected in a public park in Rome over a 1-year period and screened by molecular methods for tick-borne pathogens. Results and conclusion. The most abundant tick species were Rhipicephalus turanicus and lxodes ricinus. The predominant pathogens detected were Borrelia. burgdorferi sensu lato (36%), Rickettsia spp: (36%), and Coxiella burnetii (22%). Among less frequently detected pathogens, Babesia microti was detected for the first time in Italy, with a prevalence of 4%. Neither Bartonella spp. nor Francisella tularensis were detected. With regard to co-infections, the most frequent double and triple infections involved Rickettsia spp., B. burgdorferi sl., and C. burnetii.. A positive correlation was detected between pathogens and I. ricinus. Further studies are needed in order to assess risk associated with tick-borne pathogens in urban areas.

Prevalence of tick-borne pathogens in an urban park in Rome, Italy / Mancini, F; Di Luca, M; Toma, L; Vescio, F; Bianchi, R; Khoury, C; Marini, L; Rezza, G; Ciervo, A. - In: ANNALS OF AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE. - ISSN 1232-1966. - 21:4(2014), pp. 723-727. [10.5604/12321966.1129922]

Prevalence of tick-borne pathogens in an urban park in Rome, Italy

Rezza G;
2014-01-01

Abstract

Introduction. Limited information is available about the presence of tick-borne pathogens in urban parks in Italy. To fill this gap, ticks were collected in a public park in Rome over a 1-year period and screened by molecular methods for tick-borne pathogens. Results and conclusion. The most abundant tick species were Rhipicephalus turanicus and lxodes ricinus. The predominant pathogens detected were Borrelia. burgdorferi sensu lato (36%), Rickettsia spp: (36%), and Coxiella burnetii (22%). Among less frequently detected pathogens, Babesia microti was detected for the first time in Italy, with a prevalence of 4%. Neither Bartonella spp. nor Francisella tularensis were detected. With regard to co-infections, the most frequent double and triple infections involved Rickettsia spp., B. burgdorferi sl., and C. burnetii.. A positive correlation was detected between pathogens and I. ricinus. Further studies are needed in order to assess risk associated with tick-borne pathogens in urban areas.
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