Detection of ehrlichia chaffeensis DNA in amblyomma americanum ticks in Connecticut and Rhode island

J. W. Ijdo, C. Wu, L. A. Magnarelli, K. C. Stafford, J. F. Anderson, E. Fikrig

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Abstract

Ehrlichia chaffeensis, the causative agent of human monocytic ehrlichiosis, is transmitted by Amblyomma americanum ticks, which are most abundant in the southern United States. Because serologic evidence suggests that residents of Connecticut are exposed to E. chaffeensis, A. americanum ticks were collected in Connecticut and Rhode Island for PCR analysis to detect E. chaffeensis DNA. Eight of 106 (7.6%) A. americanum ticks from Connecticut and 6 of 52 (11.5%) from Rhode Island contained E. chaffeensis DNA. Thus, E. chaffeensis is present in ticks in southern New England and transmission of E. chaffeensis may occur there.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4655-4656
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of clinical microbiology
Volume38
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

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