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.

doi.org/10.3201/eid1512.081141, hdl.handle.net/1765/25436
Emerging Infectious Diseases - (Open Access)
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

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