Frequency and distribution of rickettsiae, borreliae, and ehrlichiae detected in human-parasitizing ticks, Texas, USA

Elizabeth A. Mitchell, Phillip C. Williamson, Peggy M. Billingsley, Janel P. Seals, Erin E. Ferguson, Michael S. Allen

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Abstract

To describe the presence and distribution of tickborne bacteria and their vectors in Texas, USA, we screened ticks collected from humans during 2008-2014 for Rickettsia, Borrelia, and Ehrlichia spp. Thirteen tick species were identified, and 23% of ticks carried bacterial DNA from at least 1 of the 3 genera tested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-315
Number of pages4
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2016

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