Publications by authors named "Sayed Zamiti"

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Zoonotic Species in Small Ruminant Ticks From Tunisia.

Front Vet Sci 2021 26;8:676896. Epub 2021 May 26.

Service de Microbiologie et Immunologie, Ecole Nationale de Médecine Vétérinaire, University of Manouba, Sidi Thabet, Tunisia.

Tick-borne rickettsioses present a significant public health threat among emerging tick-borne diseases. In Tunisia, little is known about tick-borne pathogens. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the presence of species in small ruminant ticks from Tunisia. Adult ticks ( = 694) were collected from goats and sheep in northern Tunisia. Obtained ticks were identified as ( = 434) and sensu lato ( = 260). Selected ticks ( = 666) were screened for the presence of spp. by PCR targeting a partial sequence of the gene followed by sequence analysis. Rickettsial DNA was detected in 122 (18.3%) tested tick samples. The infection rates in and s.l. ticks were 23.4 and 9.5%, respectively. The overall prevalence of rickettsial DNA was markedly higher in ticks collected from goats (23.2%) compared to those infesting sheep (7.9%). The detection of rickettsial DNA was significantly higher in ticks from the governorate of Beja (39.0%) than those from the governorate of Bizerte (13.9%). Two additional genes, the outer membrane protein A gene () and the citrate synthase gene (), were also targeted for further characterization of the detected species. Genotyping and phylogenetic analysis based on partial sequences ( = 106) of the three different genes revealed that positive ticks are infected with different isolates of two Spotted Fever Group (SFG) , namely, and , closely related to those infecting camels and associated ticks from Tunisia, and humans and small ruminant ticks from neighboring countries like Italy, France, and Spain.
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