Volume 83, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



spp. prevalence in small mammals and their ectoparasites was investigated in Taiwan. Blood samples were obtained from 66 rats, 20 shrews, 276 mites ( spp.), 74 fleas (), 81 lice ( spp.), and 47 ticks (41 spp. and 6 spp.). Bartonellae were isolated or detected in 27 (31.4%) animals. DNA was detected in 48 (64.9%) fleas and 11 (64.7%) pooled lice samples, but not in mite and tick samples. , , , , and were isolated or detected in bacteremic mammals. For the first time in Taiwan, , , , and a -like strain were detected in fleas, and , and were detected in lice obtained from small mammals. A broader range of species was identified in the ectoparasites than in the small mammals.


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