Isolation of Rickettsia parkeri and identification of a novel spotted fever group Rickettsia sp. from Gulf Coast ticks (Amblyomma maculatum) in the United States.

@article{Paddock2010IsolationOR,
  title={Isolation of Rickettsia parkeri and identification of a novel spotted fever group Rickettsia sp. from Gulf Coast ticks (Amblyomma maculatum) in the United States.},
  author={Christopher D Paddock and P C Fournier and John W. Sumner and Jerome Goddard and Yasmin M Elshenawy and Maureen G. Metcalfe and Amanda D. Loftis and Andrea S. Varela-Stokes},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  year={2010},
  volume={76 9},
  pages={2689-96}
}
Until recently, Amblyomma maculatum (the Gulf Coast tick) had garnered little attention compared to other species of human-biting ticks in the United States. A. maculatum is now recognized as the principal vector of Rickettsia parkeri, a pathogenic spotted fever group rickettsia (SFGR) that causes an eschar-associated illness in humans that resembles Rocky Mountain spotted fever. A novel SFGR, distinct from other recognized Rickettsia spp., has also been detected recently in A. maculatum… CONTINUE READING

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