Detection of Rickettsia massiliae in Rhipicephalus sanguineus from the Eastern United States

Christen M. Fornadel, Joshua D. Smith, Sonya E. Zawada, Jorge R. Arias, Douglas E. Norris

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Abstract

We report the first evidence of Rickettsia massiliae in the brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, from the East Coast of the United States. As part of routine pathogen surveillance, DNA samples from ixodid ticks were tested for spotted fever group rickettsiae by nested PCR. A R. massiliae-positive tick was collected off a beagle mix recently rescued from North Carolina. Infection was confirmed by partial sequence analysis of the htrA, gltA, ompB, ompA, and sca4 genes, which had 100% identity to a R. massiliae isolate from Arizona.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-69
Number of pages3
JournalVector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Keywords

  • Rhipicephalus sanguineus
  • Rickettsia massiliae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology

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