New approaches to detection and identification of Rickettsia africae and Ehrlichia ruminantium in Amblyomma variegatum (Acari: Ixodidae) ticks from the Caribbean.

@article{Robinson2009NewAT,
  title={New approaches to detection and identification of Rickettsia africae and Ehrlichia ruminantium in Amblyomma variegatum (Acari: Ixodidae) ticks from the Caribbean.},
  author={Jennilee B Robinson and Marina E. Eremeeva and Patrick E Olson and Scott A Thornton and Michael J Medina and John W. Sumner and Gregory A Daschi},
  journal={Journal of medical entomology},
  year={2009},
  volume={46 4},
  pages={942-51}
}
Imported from Africa in the 1700s and despite frequent modern eradication efforts, Amblyomma variegatum (F.) spread through the Caribbean by cattle transport, small ruminants, and migrating birds. A. variegatum is a vector for Rickettsia africae, the causative agent of African tick bite fever, and Ehrlichia ruminantium, the causative agent of heartwater. We examined 95 A. variegatum and six Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus (Canestrini) collected from cattle at an abattoir in Antigua… CONTINUE READING

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