|Title||ECO-EPIZOOTIOLOGIC STUDY OF FRANCISELLA TULARENSIS, THE AGENT OF TULAREMIA, IN QUÉBEC WILDLIFE.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||Gabriele-Rivet V, Ogden N, Massé A, Antonation K, Corbett C, Dibernardo A, Lindsay LR, Leighton PA, Arsenault J1|
|Journal||J Wildl Dis|
|Keywords||Coyote, Francisella tularensis, microagglutination test, muskrat, PCR, prevalence, risk factor, snowshoe hare|
Francisella tularensis DNA was not detected by real-time PCR in the pools of four organs from muskrats and hares, but F. tularensis type AI was detected during testing of the individual organs of two antibody-positive hares. Exact logistic regression analyses showed that age was a significant predictor of antibody detection in coyotes, as were the proportion of forest and the proportion of area considered as suitable habitat for hares in the environment around the location of capture of the coyotes. Our results suggest a terrestrial cycle of F. tularensis in the regions studied.