Sunday, June 14, 2015

A new tick-transmitted bacterium from patients in northern China

Of goats and men: rethinking anaplasmoses as zoonotic infections

Andrea R Beyer, Jason A Carlyonemail
Published Online: 29 March 2015



Ticks transmit the widest variety of pathogens among arthropod vectors, leading to substantial public health threats and economic loss in livestock industries. Novel tick-transmitted microbes with links to human disease continue to be discovered. In The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Hao Li and colleagues describe a new tick-transmitted bacterium from patients in northern China. PCR and sequencing showed nucleotide variations signifying a phylogenetically distinct Anaplasma species. The provisionally nominated "Anaplasma capra"—so named for its discovery in goats (Capra aegagrus hircus)—joins the growing list of human anaplasmosis pathogens with pastoral origins.

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