Molecular characterization of human pathogen Babesia EU1 in Ixodes ricinus ticks from Slovenia

Darja Duh, Miroslav Petrovec, Tatjana Avsic-Zupanc
Journal of Parasitology 2005, 91 (2): 463-5
New cases of human babesiosis were recently reported in Europe. The etiological agent was identified as Babesia EU1, a zoonotic pathogen with previously unreported molecular characteristics. On the basis of a comparison of the complete babesial 18S rRNA gene, we have generated strong molecular evidence that Ixodes ricinus ticks from Slovenia are infected with EU1.

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