A Case of Canine Borreliosis in Iran Caused by Borrelia persica
Shirani, Darush, Rakhshanpoor, Alaleh, Cutler, S., Ghazinezhad, Behnaz and Naddaf, Saied Reza 2016. A Case of Canine Borreliosis in Iran Caused by Borrelia persica. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases. 7 (3), pp. 424-426.
|Authors||Shirani, Darush, Rakhshanpoor, Alaleh, Cutler, S., Ghazinezhad, Behnaz and Naddaf, Saied Reza|
Tick-borne relapsing fever is an endemic disease in Iran, with most cases attributed to infection by B. persica, which is transmitted by Ornithodoros tholozani soft ticks. Here, we report spirochetemia in blood of a puppy residing in Tehran, Iran. The causative species was identified by use of highly discriminative IGS sequencing; the 489 bp IGS sequence obtained in our study showed 99% identity (100% coverage) when compared with Borrelia persica sequences derived from clinical cases or from Ornithodoros tholozani ticks. Our IGS sequence also showed 99% similarity over 414 bp (85% coverage) with a strain from a domestic dog, and 96% over 328 bp (69% coverage) with a strain from a domestic cat. Pet-keeping in cosmopolitan cities like Tehran has become increasingly popular in recent years. Animals are often transported into the city in cages or cardboard boxes that might also harbour minute tick larvae and/or early stages of the nymphs bringing them into the urban environment. This may pose a threat to household members who buy and keep these puppies and as a result may come into close contact with infected ticks.
|Journal||Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases|
|Journal citation||7 (3), pp. 424-426|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1016/j.ttbdis.2015.12.020|
|02 Jan 2016|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||04 Jan 2016|
|Accepted||31 Dec 2015|
|Funder||Pastuer Institute of Iran|
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