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Ann Trop Med Parasitol. 2011 Oct;105(7):493-8. doi: 10.1179/1364859411Y.0000000038.

Bartonella clarridgeiae, B. henselae and Rickettsia felis in fleas from Morocco.

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  • 1Laboratoire des Maladies Vectorielles, Institut Pasteur du Maroc 1, Place Louis Pasteur, 20360, Casablanca, Morocco. najma_boudebouch@yahoo.fr


A total of 554 fleas were collected in the Moroccan Casablanca and Tiznit regions from domesticated animals and ruminants between August 2007 and October 2008 and were tested for the presence of Rickettsia spp. and Bartonella spp. using molecular methods. For the first time in Morocco, we found Rickettsia felis, the agent of flea-borne spotted fever in Ctenocephalides felis; B. henselae, an agent of cat scratch disease; and Bartonella clarridgeiae, a cat pathogen and potentially a human pathogen.

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