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Volume 19, Number 2—February 2013


Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus in Ticks from Migratory Birds, Morocco1

Ana M. Palomar, Aránzazu Portillo, Paula Santibáñez, David Mazuelas, Juan Arizaga, Ariñe Crespo, Óscar Gutiérrez, Juan Francisco Cuadrado, and José A. OteoComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Author affiliations: Hospital San Pedro–CIBIR, Center of Rickettsioses and Arthropod-Borne Diseases, Logroño, Spain. (A.M. Palomar, A. Portillo, P. Santibáñez, J.A. Oteo); Environment Resources Inc., Logroño (D. Mazuelas); Aranzadi Society of Sciences, San Sebastián, Spain (J. Arizaga, A. Crespo, Ó. Gutiérrez, J.F. Cuadrado)

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Distribution in pools of Hyalomma marginatum ticks collected from birds in Zouala, Morocco, and PCR results for detection of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus*

Pool Bird species (no. specimens) No. H. marginatum ticks collected, by stage
PCR results
Larvae Nymphs Eecf primers Gre primers
Erythropygia galactotes (1) 2 FE +
Phoenicurus phoenicurus (1)

6 FE

E. galactotes (2) 1 SE 7 FE +
Iduna opaca (1)
3 FE

I. opaca (2) 6 FE 1 FE +
P. phoenicurus (1)

1 SE

Acrocephalus scirpaceus (1) 4 SE 1 FE +†
I. opaca (1) 1 FE
I. pallida (1)

1 SE, 1 FE

A. scirpaceus (1) 2 FE
E. galactotes (1) 2 FE
I. opaca (4) 1 FE 2 SE, 1 FE
P. phoenicurus (1)

1 FE

F E. galactotes (1) 2 FE
I. opaca (2) 2 SE 1 SE, 1 FE
P. phoenicurus (1) 1 SE, 1 FE

*FE, fully engorged; +, positive; –, negative; SE, semi-engorged.
†No sequence was obtained.

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1Data from this study were presented in part at the XVI Congreso de la Sociedad Española de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica, Bilbao, Spain, May 9–11, 2012.

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