Volume 75, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


A total of 56 fleas were collected from mice, rats, and one hedgehog in national parks of mainland Portugal and the Madeira Island. All fleas were tested for the presence of bacteria of the genera and using PCR assays. In fleas from mainland Portugal, we detected in one flea and in one . In five fleas taken from rats in the Madeira Island, we identified . In addition, in four fleas from the genera and collect from mice and a rat in mainland Portugal, we detected the presence of two new genotypes closely related to . Our findings emphasize the potential risk of flea-transmitted infections in mainland Portugal and the Madeira archipelago, and extend our knowledge of the potential flea vectors of human pathogens.


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  • Received : 25 Oct 2005
  • Accepted : 05 May 2006

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