Molecular screening for anaplasmataceae in ticks and tsetse flies from Ethiopia

Sándor Hornok, Getachew Abichu, Nóra Takács, Miklós Gyuranecz, Róbert Farkas, Isabel G. Fernández De Mera, José De La Fuente

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Hard ticks and tsetse flies are regarded as the most important vectors of disease agents in Sub-Saharan Africa. With the aim of screening these bloodsucking arthropods for vector-borne pathogens belonging to the family Anaplasmataceae in South-Western Ethiopia, four species of tsetse flies (collected by traps) and seven species of ixodid ticks (removed from cattle) were molecularly analysed. DNA was extracted from 296 individual ticks and from 162 individuals or pools of tsetse flies. Besides known vector-pathogen associations, in Amblyomma cohaerens ticks sequences of Anaplasma marginale and A. phagocytophilum were detected, the latter for the first time in any ticks from cattle in Africa. In addition, part of the gltA gene of Ehrlichia ruminantium was successfully amplified from tsetse flies (Glossina pallidipes). First-time identification of sequences of the above pathogens in certain tick or tsetse fly species may serve as the basis of further epidemiological and transmission studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-70
Number of pages6
JournalActa veterinaria Hungarica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016


  • A. marginale
  • Amblyomma, Glossina
  • Anaplasma phagocytophilum
  • Ehrlichia ruminantium
  • Ticks
  • Tsetse flies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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    Hornok, S., Abichu, G., Takács, N., Gyuranecz, M., Farkas, R., Fernández De Mera, I. G., & De La Fuente, J. (2016). Molecular screening for anaplasmataceae in ticks and tsetse flies from Ethiopia. Acta veterinaria Hungarica, 64(1), 65-70.