Detection and quantification of Rickettsia amblyommii, Ehrlichia chaffeensis, and Borrelia lonestari in adult Amblyomma americanum ticks from southern Indiana

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dc.contributor.advisor Pinger, R. R. en_US
dc.contributor.author Dearth, Stephanie M. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-in en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:41:20Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:41:20Z
dc.date.created 2007 en_US
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier LD2489.Z78 2007 .D43 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/188287
dc.description.abstract Amblyomma americanum is a hard tick species found in southern Indiana. Once a notorious pest to humans and livestock, A. americanum has now taken on a role as vector to pathogenic organisms. This study aimed to detect and quantify three microbes in A. americanum: Rickettsia amblyommii, Ehrlichia chaffeensis, and Borrelia lonestari. A primary objective of this study was to determine microbial interaction within a single A. americanum tick through quantification of each microbe within a co-infected tick. A second objective was to determine the density of R. amblyommii within the salivary glands of A. americanum ticks. Infection rates were 44%, 1%, and 0% for R. amblyommii, E. chaffeensis, and B. lonestari respectively. This study found no co-infected ticks, therefore no microbial interaction was determined. This study also found multiple drawbacks with utilizing quantitative real-time PCR to determine the density of R. amblyommii within the salivary glands of A. americanum ticks.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Biology
dc.format.extent x, 58 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Rickettsia amblyommii -- Indiana. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Ehrlichia chaffeensis -- Indiana. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Borrelia lonestari -- Indiana. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Amblyomma americanum -- Infections -- Indiana. en_US
dc.title Detection and quantification of Rickettsia amblyommii, Ehrlichia chaffeensis, and Borrelia lonestari in adult Amblyomma americanum ticks from southern Indiana en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.S.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1380098 en_US


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