What is it about?

We explored Valle de las Palmas, Baja California, Mexico, a highly endemic area near the U.S.-Mexico border, where we previously detected Coccidioides via culture-independent molecular methods. By testing the serum from 40-trapped rodents with ELISA, we detected antibodies against Coccidioides in two species: Peromyscus maniculatus and Neotoma lepida. This study comprises the first report of wild rodent serum tested for coccidioidal antibodies, and sets the basis to analyze this pathogen in its natural environment and explore its potential ecological niche.

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Why is it important?

This is a host host-pathogen interaction approach to explore the distribution and potential fungal life cycle in Western North America desert lands.


More research in potential fungal pathogen reservoirs must be design by inter and transdisciplinary approach.

Dr. Raul C. Baptista Rosas
Universidad de Guadalajara

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This page is a summary of: Detection of coccidioidal antibodies in serum of a small rodent community in Baja California, Mexico, Fungal Biology, March 2014, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.funbio.2014.01.006.
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