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New records of Ornithodoros puertoricensis Fox 1947 (Ixodida: Argasidae) parasitizing humans in rural and urban dwellings, Panama

Bermúdez, Sergio E., Castillo, Eduardo, Pohlenz, Tyler D., Kneubehl, Alexander, Krishnavajhala, Aparna, Domínguez, Lillian, Suárez, Antonio, López, Job E.
Ticks and tick-borne diseases 2017 v.8 no.4 pp. 466-469
Borrelia, DNA, Lyme disease, Ornithodoros, blisters, fever, genes, humans, insects, parasitism, people, polymerase chain reaction, ribosomal RNA, ticks, Panama
The presence of ticks inside human constructions was evaluated in two localities from Colon province (Charco La Piedra and Espinar) and one from Panama province (Ancon, City of Panama). In two of houses, eight people from Charco La Piedra and one from Ancón reported “insect bites,” which produced blisters for several weeks. The investigation resulted in the collection of argasid ticks, which were identified by morphology and sequencing the 16s ribosomal RNA gene, and later evaluated for the presence of relapsing fever Borrelia DNA. All ticks were identified as Ornithodoros puertoricensis. While spirochetal DNA was not detected by PCR in the ticks, our report highlights the potential for relapsing fever borreliosis in rural and urban localities in Panama.