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Int J Syst Bacteriol. 1995 Jul;45(3):589-91.

Classification of Rickettsia tsutsugamushi in a new genus, Orientia gen. nov., as Orientia tsutsugamushi comb. nov.

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  • 1Department of Microbiology, Niigata College of Pharmacy, Japan.


Recent studies of Rickettsia tsutsugamushi have demonstrated clearly the phenotypic and genotypic differences between this microorganism and other species belonging to the genus Rickettsia. Therefore, classification of R. tsutsugamushi in a new genus, Orientia gen. nov., is proposed.

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