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Volume 14, Number 7—July 2008


Transmission of Bartonella henselae by Ixodes ricinus

Violaine Cotté*, Sarah Bonnet*, Danielle Le Rhun*, Evelyne Le Naour*, Alain Chauvin†, Henri-Jean Boulouis‡, Benoit Lecuelle‡, Thomas Lilin‡, and Muriel Vayssier-Taussat*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Maisons-Alfort, France; †École Nationale Vétérinaire de Nantes, Nantes, France; ‡École Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort, Maisons-Alfort, France;

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Transtadial transmission of Bartonella spp. DNA in Ixodes ricinus ticks after feeding through artificial skin on B. henselae–infected ovine blood

I. ricinus stage PCR detection after infectious blood meal and molting, 
no. PCR-positive samples/no. samples tested (%)
PCR detection after partial refeeding, 
no. PCR-positive samples/no. samples tested (%)
Carcasses Salivary glands Carcasses Salivary glands
Nymph 9/9 (100) 0/9 (0) 4/7 (57) 5/7 (71)
Female adult 4/6 (67) 0/6 (0) 1/3 (33) 2/3 (67)

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