Volume 81, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


The prevalence of tick-borne and related bacteria infecting adult ticks in central Spain was assessed by molecular methods. Six areas were sampled monthly during a 2-year longitudinal study. A total of 1,038 questing and 442 feeding ticks, belonging to eight different species, were tested. The most abundant species were (54% of captures), followed by (23%) and (10%). Four human pathogens, including seven species, and , were detected at percentages of 19.0, 2.2, 1.7, and 0.5, respectively, whereas spp. was never detected. In terms of infection and tick abundance, seems to be the most significant tick species in the area, carrying three of the five agents tested, and the anthropophilic tick, , infected with spp. and is the most relevant in terms of public health. The significance of these data is discussed.


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