Reservoir competence of vertebrate hosts for Anaplasma phagocytophilum

Felicia Keesing, Michelle H. Hersh, Michael Tibbetts, Diana J. McHenry, Shannon Duerr, Jesse Brunner, Mary Killilea, Kathleen LoGiudice, Kenneth A. Schmidt, Richard S. Ostfeld

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Fourteen vertebrate species (10 mammals and 4 birds) were assessed for their ability to transmit Anaplasma phagocytophilum, the bacterium that causes human granulocytic anaplasmosis, to uninfected feeding ixodid ticks. Small mammals were most likely to infect ticks but all species assessed were capable of transmitting the bacterium, in contrast to previous findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2013-2016
Number of pages4
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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