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Volume 8, Number 7—July 2002

Research

Ehrlichia ewingii Infection in White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

Michael J. Yabsley*Comments to Author , Andrea S. Varela*, Cynthia M. Tate*, Vivien G. Dugan*, David E. Stallknecht*, Susan E. Little*, and William R. Davidson*
Author affiliations: *University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA;

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Table 1

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) results for Ehrlichia chaffeensis and E. ewingii in 110 white-tailed deer, southeastern United States

Locationa County/state E. chaffeensis PCR
no. positive/
no. tested (%) E. ewingii PCR
no. positive/
no. tested (%)
White River NWR Arkansas, AR 0/5 0/5
Felsenthal NWR Ashley, AR 0/5 0/5
Pea Ridge NMP Benton, AR 1/6 (17) 1/6 (17)
Shirey Bay WMA Lawrence, AR 0/5 0/5
Cache River NWR Monroe, AR 1/5 (20) 0/5
St. Vincent NWR Franklin, FL 0/4 0/4
White Oak CC Nassau, FL 0/5 0/5
Piedmont NWR Jones, GA 0/5b 0/5c
St. Catherines Island Liberty, GA 0/5 0/5
Blackbeard Island McIntosh, GA 1/7 (14) 2/7 (29)
Harris Neck NWR McIntosh, GA 0/5 0/5
Ballard WMA Ballard, KY 0/5 0/5
Fort Knox Hardin, KY 0/5 0/5
West Kentucky WMA McCracken, KY 1/5 (20) 1/5 (20)
Tensas River NWR Madison, LA 0/3 0/3
Dahomey NWR Bolivar, MS 0/3 0/3
Cape Hatteras NS Dare, NC 1/4 (25) 1/4 (25)
Mattamukseet NWR Hyde, NC 1/5 (20) 0/5
Sea Pines Beaufort, SC 0/18 1/18 (6)
Kiawah Island Charleston, SC 0/5 0/5
Total 6/110 (5.5) 6/110 (5.5)

aNWR, National Wildlife Refuge; NMP, National Military Park; WMA, Wildlife Management
Area; CC, Conservation Center; NS, National Seashore.
bAt least 1 (20%) of 5 was positive based on transmission to fawn 81.
cAt least 2 (40%) of 5 were positive based on transmission to both fawns 76 and 81.

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