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Emerg Infect Dis. 2011 May;17(5):873-5. doi: 10.3201/eid1705.101530.

Rickettsia rickettsii transmission by a lone star tick, North Carolina.

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Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27606, USA. ed_breitschwerdt@ncsu.edu

Abstract

Only indirect or circumstantial evidence has been published to support transmission of Rickettsia rickettsii by Amblyomma americanum (lone star) ticks in North America. This study provides molecular evidence that A. americanum ticks can function, although most likely infrequently, as vectors of Rocky Mountain spotted fever for humans.

PMID:
21529399
PMCID:
PMC3321779
DOI:
10.3201/eid1705.101530
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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