Munir Aktas


Affiliation: Firat University
Country: Turkey


  1. Aktas M, Ozubek S. A molecular survey of hemoplasmas in domestic dogs from Turkey. Vet Microbiol. 2018;221:94-97 pubmed publisher
    ..05). Presence of tick-borne pathogens (Babesia, Hepatozoon, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia) was also significantly associated with canine hemoplasmas (P < 0.05). ..
  2. Aktas M, Özübek S, Altay K, Ipek N, Balkaya Ä, Utuk A, et al. Molecular detection of tick-borne rickettsial and protozoan pathogens in domestic dogs from Turkey. Parasit Vectors. 2015;8:157 pubmed publisher
    ..canis being the most common species among tick-borne pathogens. Detailed studies should be conducted regarding the existence and prevalence of B. canis and Dermacentor reticulatus in eastern Turkey. ..
  3. Aktas M, Ozubek S. Molecular and Parasitological Survey of Bovine Piroplasms in the Black Sea Region, Including the First Report of Babesiosis Associated with Babesia divergens in Turkey. J Med Entomol. 2015;52:1344-50 pubmed publisher
    ..bigemina. Neither Theileria annulata nor Theileria buffeli/orientalis infections were observed in cattle or ticks. This is the first report of clinical babesiosis caused by B. divergens in cattle from Turkey. ..
  4. Aktas M, Özübek S. Bovine anaplasmosis in Turkey: First laboratory confirmed clinical cases caused by Anaplasma phagocytophilum. Vet Microbiol. 2015;178:246-51 pubmed publisher
    ..phagocytophilum in cattle from the country. Therefore, A. phagocytophilum should be taken into account as differential diagnosis in cases of high fever and anorexia in pastured animals. ..
  5. Aktas M, Özübek S, Altay K, Balkaya Ä, Utuk A, Kırbas A, et al. A molecular and parasitological survey of Hepatozoon canis in domestic dogs in Turkey. Vet Parasitol. 2015;209:264-7 pubmed publisher
    ..canis isolates. This epidemiological survey revealed a high prevalence of H. canis in dogs from several provinces in Turkey, and it suggests that the age and origin are associated with the parasite. ..
  6. Aktas M, Altay K, Dumanli N. Molecular detection and identification of Anaplasma and Ehrlichia species in cattle from Turkey. Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2011;2:62-5 pubmed publisher
    ..ovis, and the other 2 sequences were 99.5% identical to the sequence of Ehrlichia sp. Omatjenne strain. The results further confirmed that A. ovis and Ehrlichia sp. Omatjenne infection occurs in cattle populations in Turkey. ..
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    Aktas M, Altay K, Dumanli N. Determination of prevalence and risk factors for infection with Babesia ovis in small ruminants from Turkey by polymerase chain reaction. Parasitol Res. 2007;100:797-802 pubmed
    ..ovis. A total of 510 ticks belonging to the Rhipicephalus spp. were collected from sheep. Ticks were identified to be R. bursa and R. turanicus on the basis of morphological features. ..
  8. Aktas M, Ozubek S. Anaplasma ovis genetic diversity detected by major surface protein 1a and its prevalence in small ruminants. Vet Microbiol. 2018;217:13-17 pubmed publisher
    ..ovis isolates exhibited one Msp1a tandem repeat, with a maximum of three. This study revealed the Msp1a could be used as a marker for genotyping A. ovis, and high genetic diversity of A. ovis were found in small ruminants in Turkey. ..
  9. Aktas M, Altay K, Ozubek S, Dumanli N. A survey of ixodid ticks feeding on cattle and prevalence of tick-borne pathogens in the Black Sea region of Turkey. Vet Parasitol. 2012;187:567-71 pubmed publisher
    ..Kashi 1 and 2, Babesia sp. Kayseri 1 and Babesia sp.CS58. Anaplasma/Ehrlichia spp. were 98% and 100% identical to Ehrlichia canis and Ehrlichia sp. Omatjenne strain, respectively. ..

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  1. Aktas M. A survey of ixodid tick species and molecular identification of tick-borne pathogens. Vet Parasitol. 2014;200:276-83 pubmed publisher
    ..crassa, A. phagocytophilum and E. canis. The sequencing indicated that Anaplasma/Ehrlichia spp. was 100% identical to the sequence of Ehrlichia sp. Firat 2 and 3 previously identified from Hyalomma anatolicum. ..
  2. Ozubek S, Aktas M. Molecular evidence of a new Babesia sp. in goats. Vet Parasitol. 2017;233:1-8 pubmed publisher
    ..The survey indicated a high prevalence of piroplasms in small ruminants (21.5%). Of those detected, T. ovis was the most prevalent (17%), followed by Babesia sp. (3.5%), and B. ovis (2%). ..
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    Aktas M, Dumanli N, Angin M. Cattle infestation by Hyalomma ticks and prevalence of Theileria in Hyalomma species in the east of Turkey. Vet Parasitol. 2004;119:1-8 pubmed
    ..detritum, respectively. In H.a. anatolicum collected from shelters, the above rates were 11.8 and 17.6 in male and female ticks, respectively. The prevalence and intensity of Theileria infection was greater in female ticks than in males...
  4. Aktas M, Altay K, Dumanli N, Kalkan A. Molecular detection and identification of Ehrlichia and Anaplasma species in ixodid ticks. Parasitol Res. 2009;104:1243-8 pubmed publisher
    ..The remaining two sequences detected in R. sanguineus were similar to that of the gene of Anaplasma ovis. The study presented here provides preliminary data regarding the presence of rickettsial pathogens in ticks in Turkey...
  5. Aktas M, Ozubek S. A survey of canine haemoprotozoan parasites from Turkey, including molecular evidence of an unnamed Babesia. Comp Immunol Microbiol Infect Dis. 2017;52:36-42 pubmed publisher
    ..was detected in five (2.3%, CI 0.7-5.2) samples and of H. canis and B. vogeli in two (0.9%, CI 0.1-3.2) dogs. The study contributes insight into the distribution and phylogenetic diversity of canine piroplasms in Turkey. ..
  6. Aktas M, Ozubek S. A molecular survey of small ruminant hemotropic mycoplasmosis in Turkey, including first laboratory confirmed clinical cases caused by Mycoplasma ovis. Vet Microbiol. 2017;208:217-222 pubmed publisher
    ..05) in the healthy sample. This is the first report of M. wenyonii in sheep. M. ovis should be considered in differential diagnosis in cases of high fever and anorexia in pastured sheep and goats. ..
  7. Aktas M, Özübek S. Outbreak of anaplasmosis associated with novel genetic variants of Anaplasma marginale in a dairy cattle. Comp Immunol Microbiol Infect Dis. 2017;54:20-26 pubmed publisher
    ..The MSP4 sequence analyses showed high genetic diversity among the isolates, presenting 97.6-99.6% homology at the amino acid level. The sequences of MSP1a amplicons revealed genetic diversity providing three new tandem repeats. ..
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    Aktas M, Altay K, Dumanli N. PCR-based detection of Theileria ovis in Rhipicephalus bursa adult ticks. Vet Parasitol. 2006;140:259-63 pubmed
    ..The resulting sequences were identical to the nucleotide sequence of the Turkish sheep strain of T. ovis. These results showed that R. bursa might play an important role in the field as a natural vector of T. ovis...