Rickettsia parkeri in Amblyomma maculatum ticks, North Carolina, USA, 2009-2010

Andrea S Varela-Stokes, Christopher D Paddock, Barry Engber, Marcee Toliver
Emerging Infectious Diseases 2011, 17 (12): 2350-3
We detected Rickettsia parkeri in 20%-33% of Amblyomma maculatum ticks sampled in North Carolina. Results highlight the high frequencies of R. parkeri-infected ticks in the state with the highest annual incidence of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Epidemiologic studies are needed to definitively link R. parkeri to cases of spotted fever rickettsiosis.

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