Detection of tick-borne encephalitis virus in I. ricinus ticks collected from autumn migratory birds in Latvia

Alisa Kazarina, Kristine Japiņa, Oskars Keišs, Ineta Salmane, Dace Bandere, Valentina Capligina, Renate Ranka

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Abstract

Birds have a potential of spreading ticks via bird migration routes. In this study, we screened 170 ticks removed during autumn 2010 from 55 birds belonging to 10 species for the presence of tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV). In total, TBEV RNA was detected in 14% of I. ricinus tick samples obtained from different birds species. The results of this study indicate the possible role of migrating birds in the dispersal of TBEV-infected ticks along the southward migration route.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-180
Number of pages3
JournalTicks and Tick-borne Diseases
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015

Keywords*

  • Birds
  • Latvia
  • Tick-borne encephalitis virus

Field of Science*

  • 3.3 Health sciences
  • 1.6 Biological sciences

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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