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1 January 2016 Antibodies to Rickettsia spp. and Borrelia burgdorferi in Spanish Wild Red Foxes (Vulpes vulpes)
Lourdes Lledó, José Luis Serrano, María Isabel Gegúndez, Consuelo Giménez-Pardo, José Vicente Saz
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Abstract

We examined 314 red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) from the province of Soria, Spain, for Rickettsia typhi, Rickettsia slovaca, and Borrelia burgdorferi infection. Immunofluorescence assays showed 1.9% had antibodies to R. typhi, 6.7% had antibodies to R. slovaca, and 8.3% had antibodies to B. burgdorferi. Serostatus was not correlated with sex or age. Because red foxes can be infected by Rickettsiae and B. burgdorferi, presence of red foxes may be and indicator for the presence of these pathogens.

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Lourdes Lledó, José Luis Serrano, María Isabel Gegúndez, Consuelo Giménez-Pardo, and José Vicente Saz "Antibodies to Rickettsia spp. and Borrelia burgdorferi in Spanish Wild Red Foxes (Vulpes vulpes)," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 52(1), 122-125, (1 January 2016). https://doi.org/10.7589/2015-03-074
Received: 25 March 2015; Accepted: 1 June 2015; Published: 1 January 2016
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Borrelia burgdorferi
epidemiology
Rickettsia sp.
vector borne diseases
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