Julie Christine Scott

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Relapsing fever Borrelia spp. challenge microbiologic typing because they possess segmented genomes that maintain essential genes on large linear plasmids. Antigenic variation further complicates typing. Intergenic spacer (IGS, between 16S-23S genes) heterogeneity provides resolution among Lyme disease-associated and some relapsing fever spirochetes. We(More)
Omithodoros moubata complex (Argasidae) ticks collected from human dwellings in central Tanzania were found to carry a novel rickettsial species that clustered among the spotted fever group. Although no evidence of human infection was evident, these ticks feed primarily on man, thus providing opportunity for zoonotic infection.
Distance and isolation profoundly affect the delivery of health care in the islands of Micronesia. The lack of specialty services on most of the islands has led to a costly off-island referral system that strains health care budgets. Care providers there have incorporated advances in telecommunications to create a telemedicine network amongst themselves and(More)
The genus Brucella includes a number of species that are major animal pathogens worldwide and significant causes of zoonotic infections of humans. Traditional methods of identifying Brucella to the species level can be time-consuming, can be subjective, and can pose a hazard to laboratory personnel in the absence of suitable biocontainment facilities. Using(More)
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