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The poultry red mite Dermanyssus gallinae as a potential carrier of vector-borne diseases

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Carlos De Luna, Samuel Arkle, David Harrington, Dr Jonathan Guy, Dr Olivier Sparagano


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The poultry red mite Dermanyssus gallinae is an obligatory blood-sucking parasite that is considered to be one of the most important ectoparasites in the poultry industry, mainly because it is responsible for important economic losses, leads to a reduction of welfare of laying hens, and may pose a disease risk to humans. As a result of these problems, much of the current research on this parasite targets new methods of control. Less attention has been paid to the importance of D. gallinae as a carrier of vector-borne diseases. Some authors have mentioned the possible involvement of D. gallinae in the transmission (both in vitro and directly isolated from the mites) of viral and bacterial agents. Our research group has demonstrated the presence of Mycobacterium spp. within D. gallinae. DNA coding for Mycobacterium spp. was successfully amplified from unfed adult D. gallinae, larvae, and eggs by using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction targeting the 16S rRNA gene. The results have suggested the possible transovarial and transstadial transmission of pathogens by D. gallinae. © 2008 New York Academy of Sciences.

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Author(s): De Luna CJ, Arkle S, Harrington D, George DR, Guy JH, Sparagano OAE

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences: 9th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (STVM)

Year of Conference: 2008

Pages: 255-258

ISSN: 0077-8923 (print) 1749-6632 (online)

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.


DOI: 10.1196/annals.1428.085

PubMed id: 19120224

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ISBN: 9781573317146