Volume 93, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



This study was conducted from September 2011 to March 2014 to address the occurrence and genotypes of using molecular methods in ticks collected from domestic animals in Ethiopia. Ticks were tested for by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) targeting two different genes followed by multispacer sequence typing (MST). An overall prevalence of 6.4% (54/842) of was recorded. was detected in 28.6% (14/49) of , 25% (31/124) of , 7.1% (1/14) of , 3.2% (2/62) of 3.1% (4/128) of , 1.6% (1/63) of and 0.6% (1/153) of . Significantly higher overall frequencies of DNA were observed in and than in other tick species (Mantel–Haenszel [MH], < 0.0001). The overall frequency of was significantly higher (MH, < 0.0001) in ticks from southeastern districts (Arero, Moyale, and Yabelo) than that from other districts. This study demonstrated the presence of genotype MST 18 in ticks in southeastern districts and genotype MST 20 in ticks in central districts. This study highlights the importance of ticks in the epidemiology of in Ethiopia.


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  • Received : 27 Nov 2014
  • Accepted : 11 Mar 2015

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