Rickettsia parkeri in Brazil

Iara Silveira, Richard C Pacheco, Matias P J Szabó, Hernani G C Ramos, Marcelo B Labruna
Emerging Infectious Diseases 2007, 13 (7): 1111-3
We report finding Rickettsia parkeri in Brazil in 9.7% of Amblyomma triste ticks examined. An R. parkeri isolate was successfully established in Vero cell culture. Molecular characterization of the agent was performed by DNA sequencing of portions of the rickettsial genes gltA, htrA, ompA, and ompB.

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