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Bartonella infections in Deer Keds (Lipoptena cervi) and moose (Alces alces) in Norway

Duodu, Samuel, Madslien, Knut, Hjelm, Eva, Molin, Ylva, Paziewska-Harris, Anna, Harris, Philip D., Colquhoun, Duncan J. and Ytrehus, Bjørnar 2013. Bartonella infections in Deer Keds (Lipoptena cervi) and moose (Alces alces) in Norway. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 79 (1) , p. 322. 10.1128/AEM.02632-12

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Infections with Bartonella spp. have been recognized as emerging zoonotic diseases in humans. Large knowledge gaps exist, however, relating to reservoirs, vectors, and transmission of these bacteria. We describe identification by culture, PCR, and housekeeping gene sequencing of Bartonella spp. in fed, wingless deer keds (Lipoptena cervi), deer ked pupae, and blood samples collected from moose, Alces alces, sampled within the deer ked distribution range in Norway. Direct sequencing from moose blood sampled in a deer ked-free area also indicated Bartonella infection but at a much lower prevalence. The sequencing data suggested the presence of mixed infections involving two species of Bartonella within the deer ked range, while moose outside the range appeared to be infected with a single species. Bartonella were not detected or cultured from unfed winged deer keds. The results may indicate that long-term bacteremia in the moose represents a reservoir of infection and that L. cervi acts as a vector for the spread of infection of Bartonella spp. Further research is needed to evaluate the role of L. cervi in the transmission of Bartonella to animals and humans and the possible pathogenicity of these bacteria for humans and animals.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Publisher: American Society for Microbiology
ISSN: 0099-2240
Date of Acceptance: 23 October 2012
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2019 15:15

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