A total of 705 rodents from 6 provinces and autonomous regions of mainland People's Republic of China were tested by PCRs for tick-borne agents (Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, spotted fever group rickettsiae, and Francisella tularensis). Infection rates were 5.5%, 6.7%, 9.1% and 5.0%, respectively. Eighteen (2.6%) rodents of 10 species were positive for 2 or 3 agents. Sequence analysis of PCR products confirmed the presence and genotypes of detected agents. These findings demonstrate that these tick-borne agents cocirculate and that a variety of rodent species may be involved in their enzootic maintenance.

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Zhan, L., Cao, W.C., Chu, C.Y., Jiang, B.G., Zhang, F., Liu, L.J., … Habbema, J.D.F.. (2009). Tick-borne agents in rodents, China, 2004-2006. Emerging Infectious Diseases (Print), 15(12), 1904–1908. doi:10.3201/eid1512.081141