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Volume 12, Number 6—June 2006

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Francisella tularensis in Rodents, China

Fang Zhang*, Wei Liu*, May C. Chu†, Jun He*, Qing Duan*, Xiao-Ming Wu*, Pan-He Zhang*, Qiu-Min Zhao*, Hong Yang*, Zhong-Tao Xin‡, and Wu-Chun Cao*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Beijing Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology, Beijing, People's Republic of China; †World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland; ‡Beijing Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Beijing, People's Republic of China

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Results of detection for Francisella tularensis in rodents by species and geographic origin in China

Rodent species No. positive/no. detected (%)
Jilin Heilongjiang Inner Mongolia Xinjiang Zhejiang Total
Apodemus peninsulae 9/43 (20.93) 0/129 0/5 –* 9/60 (15)
A. agrarius 0/24 0/12 2/36 (5.56) 0/7 (0) 2/79 (2.5)
Cricetus barabensis 0/5 0/5
Cricetus migratorius 1/4 (25) 0/13(0) 1/17 (5.88)
Cricetus triton 1/5 (20) 1/5 (20)
Clethrionomys rutilus 0/13 0/13
Clethrionomys rufocanus 0/23 4/37(10.81) 0/2 4/62 (6.45)
Rattus losea 0/30 0/30
R. norvegicus 0/1 0/11 0/1 0/3 0/16
R. confucianus 0/70 0/70
Mus musculus 0/4(0) 0/11 0/15
Microtus maximoviczii 0/35 0/35
Meriones lybicus 1/4 (25) 1/4 (25)
Eutamias sibiricus 2/3 (66.67) 0/6 2/9 (22.22)
Total 12/103 (11.65) 4/61 (6.56) 2/113 (1.77) 2/20 (10) 0/123 20/420 (4.76)

*–, no rodents captured.

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