Seroreactivity to Rickettsia spp. in Wild and Domestic Mammals in Sweden
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Sera were collected from wild and domestic mammals in Sweden and tested using indirect immunofluorescence assay to detect antibodies against Rickettsia spp. Considering sera with a titre > 1:64 as positive, 23.1% (104/450) of the animals scored positive. The percentages of seropositivity were: 21.5% (23/107) in deer, 23.3% (21/90) in moose, 36.5% (23/61) in horses, 22.2% (20/90) in cats and 17.0% (17/100) in dogs. In deer, 85% (91/107) also tested positive for Anaplasma phagocytophilum with a titre cut-off of 1:80. The findings indicate that these animal species may act as reservoir hosts of Rickettsia spp. and that deer may act as hosts for both tested organisms.
Rickettsia, Anaplasma, Serology, Host, Moose, Deer
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-197803OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-197803DiVA: diva2:614272