Detection of Babesia EU1 in Ixodes ricinus ticks in northern Italy

Rudi Cassini, Cristina Bonoli, Fabrizio Montarsi, Cinzia Tessarin, Federica Marcer, Roberta Galuppi
Veterinary Parasitology 2010 July 15, 171 (1): 151-4
Babesia EU1, a potentially important emerging zoonotic pathogen, already detected in ticks and wild ruminants of different European Countries, was found in three pools of Ixodes ricinus nymphs in three different sites located in a single District of north-eastern Italy. Totally 356 ticks (60 pools) were collected from the environment during a surveillance activity in the year 2006. Babesia EU1 estimated individual tick prevalence in the area is 0.85%. The finding that also in northern Italy the tick population is carrying Babesia EU1 suggests a wide geographical spreading of this zoonotic pathogen in Europe.

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