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Bacterial tick-associated infections in Australia: current studies and future directions

Irwin, P.ORCID: 0000-0002-0006-8262, Egan, S., Greay, T. and Oskam, C. (2018) Bacterial tick-associated infections in Australia: current studies and future directions. Microbiology Australia, 39 (4). pp. 200-202.

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It may seem perplexing that there is any uncertainty in Australia about the existence of zoonotic tick-associated infections1–3. Outside this country, particularly in the northern hemisphere, tick-borne diseases such as human granulocytic anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Boutonneuse fever, ehrlichiosis, Lyme borreliosis, and tick-borne encephalitis, have well documented aetiologies, epidemiology, diagnostic methods, and treatments. Why is Australia different and what research is being conducted to address this issue? This article briefly addresses these questions and explains how high-throughput metagenomic analysis has started to shed light on bacterial microbiomes in Australian ticks, providing new data on the presence and distribution of potentially zoonotic microbial taxa.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Thomson Business Pub
Copyright: © 2018 CSIRO
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