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J Wildl Dis. 2008 Jan;44(1):164-7.

Detection of Rickettsia helvetica DNA from peripheral blood of Sika deer (Cervus nippon yesoensis) in Japan.

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  • 1Department of Veterinary Clinical Science, Obihiro University of Veterinary Medicine & Agriculture, Obihiro 080-8555, Japan. inokuma@obihiro.ac.jp

Abstract

Partial nucleotide sequences of the citrate synthase and 17-kDa genes of Rickettsia helvetica were detected from peripheral blood samples of Sika deer (Cervus nippon yesoensis) in Hokkaido, Japan. Results suggest the presence of a rickettsiemia associated with R. helvetica. This is the first evidence of R. helvetica infection in Sika deer and indicates that this species may represent a potential reservoir host of R. helvetica in Japan.

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