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Rickettsia and Bartonella species in fleas from Reunion Island

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posted on 2015-03-01, 00:00 authored by Constentin Dieme, Philippe Parola, Vanina Guernier, Erwan Lagadec, Gildas Le Minter, Elsa Balleydier, Frederic Pagès, Koussay Dellagi, Pablo Tortosa, Didier Raoult, Cristina Socolovschi
Rickettsia felis, Rickettsia typhi, and Bartonella DNA was detected by molecular tools in 12% of Rattus rattus fleas (Xenopsylla species) collected from Reunion Island. One-third of the infested commensal rodents captured during 1 year carried at least one infected flea. As clinical signs of these zoonoses are non-specific, they are often misdiagnosed.

History

Journal

American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene

Volume

92

Issue

3

Pagination

617 - 619

Publisher

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Location

Northbrook, Ill.

eISSN

1476-1645

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2015, The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene