Journal article

Bovine ticks harbour a diverse array of microorganisms in Pakistan

Abdul Ghafar, Alejandro Cabezas-Cruz, Clemence Galon, Dasiel Obregon, Robin B Gasser, Sara Moutailler, Abdul Jabbar

Parasites and Vectors | BMC | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Ticks and tick-borne pathogens (TTBP) are a major constraint to livestock production in Pakistan; despite a high prevalence of TTBPs, knowledge on the capacity of Pakistani ticks to carry pathogens and endosymbionts is limited. Furthermore, mixed infections with multiple microorganisms further complicate and limit the detection potential of traditional diagnostic methods. The present study investigated the tick-borne microorganisms in bovine ticks in Pakistan, employing a high-throughput microfluidic real-time PCR based technique. METHODS: Ticks were collected from clinically healthy cattle (n = 116) and water buffaloes (n = 88) from 30 villages across six districts located in fi..

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Grants

Awarded by University of Melbourne as part of AG's PhD project in Pakistan


Awarded by University of Melbourne as part of AVCCR Dairy beef project in Pakistan


Funding Acknowledgements

The financial assistance for this project was provided by the University of Melbourne as part of AG's PhD project and AVCCR Dairy beef project (LPS/2016/011) in Pakistan. AG is a grateful recipient of the Australian Government Research Training Scholarship through the University of Melbourne.