Serological evidence of human granulocytic ehrlichiosis in Switzerland

Pusterla, N. ; Weber, R. ; Wolfensberger, C. ; Schär, G. ; Zbinden, R. ; Fierz, W. ; Madigan, J. ; Dumler, J. ; Lutz, H.

In: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 1998, vol. 17, no. 3, p. 207-209

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    To investigate whether human granulocytic ehrlichiosis (HGE) is prevalent in Switzerland, 1515 human serum samples from individuals with different risks for tick exposure were tested for antibodies toEhrlichia phagocytophila, a surrogate marker of the agent of HGE. The distribution of titres showed marked differences between sera of individuals with no or low risk for tick exposure and those with a high risk. The results of serological testing provided evidence of HGE in Switzerland as well as evidence of two types of coinfections: those with the agent of HGE andBorrelia burgdorferi, and those with the agent of HGE and the central European tickborne encephalitis virus