Vector competence of the tick Ixodes sinensis (Acari: Ixodidae) for Rickettsia monacensis

Cases of Mediterranean Spotted Fever like rickettsioses, caused by Rickettsia monacensis, have become more common in the last 10 years. In China, natural infection of R. monacensis in various tick species has been confirmed but the vector(s) of R. monacensis have not been recorded. The prevalence of R. monacensis in >1500 Ixodidae ticks from central and… CONTINUE READING