Ecology of a tick-borne spotted fever in southern Brazil

  title={Ecology of a tick-borne spotted fever in southern Brazil},
  author={Felipe S Krawczak and Lina de Campos Binder and Caroline Bompoint Ilona Siljander Kathy Goris Letizia Galga Oliveira and Francisco Borges Costa and Jonas Moraes-Filho and Thiago Fernandes Martins and Jonas Sponchiado and Geruza Leal Melo and F{\'a}bio Gregori and Gina Polo and Stefan Vilges de Oliveira and Marcelo B Labruna},
  journal={Experimental and Applied Acarology},
Rio Grande do Sul is the southernmost state of Brazil, bordering Uruguay. Clinical cases of spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsiosis were recently reported in Rio Grande do Sul. None of these cases was lethal, and all were confirmed by seroconversion to R. rickettsii antigens. Because serological cross-reactions are well known to occur between different SFG agents, the SFG agent responsible for the clinical cases remains unknown in Rio Grande do Sul, where no rickettsial agent is known to infect… CONTINUE READING
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