About the Authors

Saber Esmaeili

Affiliations Department of Epidemiology, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran, Iran, National Reference Laboratory for Plague, Tularemia and Q fever, Research Centre for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Akanlu, Kabudar Ahang, Hamadan, Iran, Department of Bacteriology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran

Saied Reza Naddaf

Affiliation Department of Parasitology, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran, Iran

Behzad Pourhossein

Affiliations Department of Epidemiology, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran, Iran, Department of Virology, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Abdolrazagh Hashemi Shahraki

Affiliations Department of Epidemiology, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran, Iran, National Reference Laboratory for Plague, Tularemia and Q fever, Research Centre for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Akanlu, Kabudar Ahang, Hamadan, Iran

Fahimeh Bagheri Amiri

Affiliations Department of Epidemiology, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran, Iran, Department of Epidemiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

Mohammad Mehdi Gouya

Affiliation Centre of Disease Control (CDC), Ministry of Health, Tehran, Iran

Ehsan Mostafavi

mostafavi@pasteur.ac.ir

Affiliations Department of Epidemiology, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran, Iran, National Reference Laboratory for Plague, Tularemia and Q fever, Research Centre for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Akanlu, Kabudar Ahang, Hamadan, Iran

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: MMG EM. Performed the experiments: SE SRN BP EM. Analyzed the data: SE FBA EM. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: SE BP EM FBA. Wrote the paper: SE EM SRN BP ÁHS FBA MMG. Critically revised the manuscript for intellectual content, read and approved the final manuscript: SE EM SRN BP AHS FBA MMG.