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First probable Australian cases of human infection with Rickettsia felis (cat-flea typhus)

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posted on 2011-01-03, 00:00 authored by M Williams, Leonard Izzard, S Graves, J Stenos, J Kelly
Human infection with Rickettsia felis has been reported in most parts of the world, and R. felis has recently been confirmed in cat fleas in Western Australia. The clinical presentations of R. typhi and R. felis are similar, and in the past, the incidence of R. felis infection may have been underestimated. We describe the first reported cases of probable human R. felis infection in Australia. Two adults and three children in Victoria contracted a rickettsial disease after exposure to fleas from kittens. Molecular testing of fleas demonstrated the presence of R. felis but not R. typhi.

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Journal

Medical journal of Australia

Volume

194

Issue

1

Pagination

41 - 43

Publisher

Australasian Medical Publishing Company

Location

Strawberry Hills, N. S. W.

ISSN

0025-729X

eISSN

1326-5377

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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