Zoonotic bacteria occurrence in fleas parasitizing common voles in Northwest Spain.
M Dolors Vidal
Rosa M. González Martín-Niño
Juan José Luque-Larena
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We detected Francisella tularensis and Bartonella spp. in fleas parasitizing common voles (Microtus arvalis) from northwestern Spain; mean prevalence was 6.1% for F. tularensis and 51% for Bartonella spp. Contrasted vector–host associations in the prevalence of these bacteria suggest that fleas have distinct roles in the transmission cycle of each pathogen in nature.