Molecular investigations of cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) provide the first evidence of Rickettsia felis in Malta and Candidatus Rickettsia senegalensis in Israel

@article{Hornok2018MolecularIO,
  title={Molecular investigations of cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) provide the first evidence of Rickettsia felis in Malta and Candidatus Rickettsia senegalensis in Israel},
  author={S. Hornok and G. Baneth and A. Grima and N. Tak{\'a}cs and J. Kontsch{\'a}n and M. Meli and V. Suter and H. Salant and R. Farkas and R. Hofmann-Lehmann},
  journal={New Microbes and New Infections},
  year={2018},
  volume={25},
  pages={3 - 6}
}
Rickettsia felis, the causative agent of flea-borne spotted fever, occurs on all continents except Antarctica, owing to the cosmopolitan distribution of its cat flea vector. In this study, cat fleas were collected in two countries where the occurrence of R. felis was either unknown (Malta) or where accurate prevalence data were lacking (Israel). Altogether 129 fleas were molecularly analysed for the presence of rickettsial DNA. On the basis of three genetic markers, R. felis was identified in… Expand
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