Volume 88, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



This work is a molecular epidemiologic study to detect the incidence of in rodents on Heixiazi Island at the Sino-Russian border of Heilongjiang Province. Liver tissues were extracted and processed to test the incidence of infection using polymerase chain reaction analysis. In total, 18% (66 of 370) of rodents tested positive for infection. The results of logistic regression analysis indicated that infection with was associated significantly with weight and month of capture, and infection was found in all rodent species that were observed; there was no significant difference of sex on the infection of . Though phylogenetic analysis disclosed heterogeneity in the nucleotide sequences isolated from the island rodents, the majority of observed strains were among the most common strains found worldwide. This is the first report on the incidence of in rodents on Heixiazi Island at the Sino-Russian border.


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  • Received : 16 Sep 2012
  • Accepted : 09 Jan 2013
  • Published online : 03 Apr 2013

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