Molecular investigation of vector-borne parasites in wild micromammals, Barcelona (Spain)

Javier Millán

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Abstract

Information about the role of micromammals in the epidemiology of Leishmania infantum and Babesia sp. in southern Europe is scarce. Wild micromammals were captured in natural areas in the Barcelona province (NE Spain) in 2011 and analysed by real-time PCR for the presence of DNA of Piroplasmida (n = 253) and Leishmania infantum (n = 166). The wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) was the most abundant species, but all specimens tested negative for L. infantum, for which two out of 15 (13.3%) white-toothed shrews (Crocidura russula) and one out of 23 (4.3%) Algerian mice (Mus spretus) resulted positive. No individual was positive for Piroplasmida DNA. The role of wild micromammals in the epidemiology of these parasites in the study area seems negligible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalParasitology Research
Volume117
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 25 Jun 2018

Keywords

  • Babesia
  • Catalonia
  • Insectivora
  • Kinetoplastida
  • Rat
  • Rodent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • veterinary(all)
  • Insect Science
  • Infectious Diseases

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