Table 4.

PCR examination for granulocytic ehrlichial DNA in tissues from small mammals with noninfected or without I. ricinus ticks in two regions in western Switzerland

Collection areaSpecies collected (trapping no.)No. of I. ricinus larvae collected on small mammalsDetection of GE in mammal tissuesa
BloodSpleenLiverEar
Area 1C. glareolus(59)Without ticks+++
C. glareolus (86)Without ticks++
C. glareolus(116)3+
C. glareolus (123)3+++
A. flavicollis (83)1+++
A. flavicollis (112)Without ticks++++
S. araneus(69)Without ticks++++
Area 2C. glareolus(164)10+++
C. glareolus(167)1++
  • a PCR negative (−) or positive (+).