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A total of 1485 adult ticks were collected from mammalian hosts in south-eastern Sardinia, Italy, during the years 2007–2008. Ticks were identified and tested by PCR analysis for presence of species of the spotted fever group, , , , species and species. Among all tick species examined (, , , , , and ), only produced negative results. A total of 22 pools belonging to the three tick species (0.9 %), (4.5 %) and (100 %) were positive for species, while a total of five pools belonging to (0.09 %), (16.7 %) and (7.8 %) were positive for Five pools of (1.8 %) were positive for Positivity for was found in seven pools belonging to three tick species: (0.5 %), (0.3 %) and (4.4 %). Finally, four pools belonging to (0.09 %), (0.7 %) and (1.1 %) were positive for species. species DNA was not detected in any of the tick pools examined. Data presented here increase our knowledge on tick-borne diseases in Sardinia, and provide a useful contribution to understanding their epidemiology.

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