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Bartonella-Like DNA Detected in Ixodes tasmani Ticks (Acari: Ixodida) Infesting Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) in Victoria, Australia

Vilcins, Inger-Marie; Kosoy, Michael; Old, Julie M; Deane, Elizabeth


A total of 42 ticks comprising Ixodes tasmani (n = 41) and Ixodes trichosuri (n = 1) were collected from wild koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) at the Koala Convention Centre, Philip Island, Victoria, Australia and screened for the presence of Bartonella using the target gene gltA. Bartonella-like DNA was detected in 4 of the 19 pooled tick samples (21%). All positive ticks were male. Analysis of partial sequences for the gltA gene indicated the presence of a Bartonella-related species similar to...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
DOI: 10.1089/vbz.2008.0132


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