Natural transmission of Zoonotic Babesia spp. by Ixodes ricinus ticks

Claire A M Becker, Agnès Bouju-Albert, Maggy Jouglin, Alain Chauvin, Laurence Malandrin
Emerging Infectious Diseases 2009, 15 (2): 320-2
To determine characteristics of natural transmission of Babesia sp. EU1 and B. divergens by adult Ixodes ricinus ticks, we examined tick salivary gland contents. We found that I. ricinus is a competent vector for EU1 and that their sporozoites directly invade erythrocytes. We conclude that EU1 is naturally transmitted by I. ricinus.

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