Detection of Ehrlichia spp. in the Blood of wild white-tailed deer in Missouri by PCR assay and serologic analysis

Max Q. Arens, Allison M. Liddell, Gerald Buening, Monique Gaudreault-Keener, John W. Sumner, James A. Comer, Richard S. Buller, Gregory A. Storch

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Abstract

Blood samples collected from wild deer in Missouri in November of 2000 and 2001 were positive by PCR assays for Ehrlichia chaffeensis (50 of 217; 23%), Ehrlichia ewingii (44 of 217; 20%), and Anaplasma species (214 of 217; 99%). Nucleotide sequences of selected amplicons from the assay for anaplasma matched sequences of the white-tailed deer agent. Serologic analysis of 112 deer sampled in 2000 showed a very high prevalence of antibodies to E. chaffeensis (97 of 112; 87%) and a low prevalence of antibodies reactive with Anaplasma phagocytophila (2 of 112; 2%).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1263-1265
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of clinical microbiology
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2003

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