Volume 92, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



To explore the tick distribution and prevalence of in Zhejiang Province, we performed a survey in nine sites. A total of 447 adult ticks of 11 species were captured and the dominant tick species were and and the abundance of tick species in different areas varied significantly. Overall, 4.70% of the ticks were polymerase chain reaction (PCR) positive for . The average PCR positive rates were 5.19% for , 3.45% for , 1.06% for , 5.00% for () , and 19.44% for , respectively. No DNA was detected in , , , , , and . The prevalence of was significantly different among tick species and the prevalence in was significantly higher than that in other tick species. Of note, experimentally confirmed vectors for s.l. including and were found in Zhejiang Province. Two species of s.l. exist in Zhejiang Province of which 12 sequences were most similar to the sequence of and nine sequences were most similar to the sequence of or sp. nov.

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  • Received : 16 Sep 2014
  • Accepted : 27 Oct 2014
  • Published online : 04 Feb 2015

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