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Prevalence of tick-borne pathogens in questing Ixodes ricinus ticks in urban and suburban areas of Switzerland

Overview of attention for article published in Parasites & Vectors, November 2017
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Title
Prevalence of tick-borne pathogens in questing Ixodes ricinus ticks in urban and suburban areas of Switzerland
Published in
Parasites & Vectors, November 2017
DOI 10.1186/s13071-017-2500-2
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Corinne P. Oechslin, Daniel Heutschi, Nicole Lenz, Werner Tischhauser, Olivier Péter, Olivier Rais, Christian M. Beuret, Stephen L. Leib, Sergei Bankoul, Rahel Ackermann-Gäumann

Abstract

Throughout Europe, Ixodes ricinus transmits numerous pathogens. Its widespread distribution is not limited to rural but also includes urbanized areas. To date, comprehensive data on pathogen carrier rates of I. ricinus ticks in urban areas of Switzerland is lacking. Ixodes ricinus ticks sampled at 18 (sub-) urban collection sites throughout Switzerland showed carrier rates of 0% for tick-borne encephalitis virus, 18.0% for Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu lato), 2.5% for Borrelia miyamotoi, 13.5% for Rickettsia spp., 1.4% for Anaplasma phagocytophilum, 6.2% for "Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis", and 0.8% for Babesia venatorum (Babesia sp., EU1). Site-specific prevalence at collection sites with n > 45 ticks (n = 9) significantly differed for B. burgdorferi (s.l.), Rickettsia spp., and "Ca. N. mikurensis", but were not related to the habitat type. Three hundred fifty eight out of 1078 I. ricinus ticks (33.2%) tested positive for at least one pathogen. Thereof, about 20% (71/358) were carrying two or three different potentially disease-causing agents. Using next generation sequencing, we could detect true pathogens, tick symbionts and organisms of environmental or human origin in ten selected samples. Our data document the presence of pathogens in the (sub-) urban I. ricinus tick population in Switzerland, with carrier rates as high as those in rural regions. Carriage of multiple pathogens was repeatedly observed, demonstrating the risk of acquiring multiple infections as a consequence of a tick bite.

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Geographical breakdown

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Unknown 113 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 20 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 19 17%
Student > Master 13 12%
Student > Bachelor 11 10%
Other 9 8%
Other 18 16%
Unknown 23 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 23 20%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 18 16%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 11 10%
Medicine and Dentistry 11 10%
Immunology and Microbiology 6 5%
Other 15 13%
Unknown 29 26%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 12. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 14 October 2019.
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#2,542,405
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#496
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#51,562
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#14
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