Identification of Rickettsia felis in fleas but not ticks on stray cats and dogs and the evidence of Rickettsia rhipicephali only in adult stage of Rhipicephalus sanguineus and Rhipicephalus haemaphysaloides.

@article{Hsu2011IdentificationOR,
  title={Identification of Rickettsia felis in fleas but not ticks on stray cats and dogs and the evidence of Rickettsia rhipicephali only in adult stage of Rhipicephalus sanguineus and Rhipicephalus haemaphysaloides.},
  author={Yuan-Man Hsu and Chao-Chen Lin and Bruno B. Chomel and Kun-Hsien Tsai and Wen-Jer Wu and Chin-Gi Huang and Chao-chin Chang},
  journal={Comparative immunology, microbiology and infectious diseases},
  year={2011},
  volume={34 6},
  pages={513-8}
}
Rickettsia spp. are zoonotic pathogens and mainly transmitted by various arthropod vectors, such as fleas, ticks, and lice. Previous epidemiological studies indicated that ectoparasites infested on dogs or cats may be infected by Rickettsia spp., and transmit them to human beings accidentally. In this study, the prevalence of Rickettsia infection was evaluated using fleas and ticks from stray dogs and cats in Taiwan. A total of 158 pools made by 451 cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) from 37… CONTINUE READING

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