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Diagnostic Methods Used to Classify Confirmed and Probable Cases of Spotted Fever Rickettsioses - United States, 2010-2015.

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019 Mar 15;68(10):243-246. Epub 2019 Mar 15.

Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC.

Spotted fever rickettsioses (SFR), including Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), are nationally notifiable diseases in the United States caused by spotted fever group Rickettsia. The annual incidence of SFR increased from 1.7 cases per 1 million persons in 2000 to 13. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6810a3DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6421962PMC

Risk factors for bacterial zoonotic pathogens in acutely febrile patients in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.

Zoonoses Public Health 2019 Mar 11. Epub 2019 Mar 11.

Division of Public Health Surveillance and Response, Division of the National Health Laboratory Service, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Endemic zoonoses, such as Q fever and spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsiosis, are prevalent in South Africa, yet often undiagnosed. In this study, we reviewed the demographics and animal exposure history of patients presenting with acute febrile illness to community health clinics in Mpumalanga Province to identify trends and risk factors associated with exposure to Coxiella burnetii, the causative agent of Q fever, and infection by SFG Rickettsia spp. Clinical and serological data and questionnaires elucidating exposure to animals and their products were obtained from 141 acutely febrile patients between 2012 and 2016. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/zph.12577DOI Listing
March 2019
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African Tick-Bite Fever.

N Engl J Med 2019 Mar;380(10):960

University Children's Hospital, Basel, Switzerland

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMicm1810093DOI Listing

Circulation of spotted fever group rickettsiae among dogs seropositive for Leishmania spp. in an urban area of Brazil.

Rev Soc Bras Med Trop 2019 Feb 21;52:e20180133. Epub 2019 Feb 21.

Departamento de Patologia e Clínica Veterinária, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói, RJ, Brasil.

Introduction: Dogs play an epidemiological role in several vector-borne diseases that affect human and animal health worldwide. We aimed to identify rickettsial circulation among dogs with canine visceral leishmaniasis (CVL) from a region endemic for both diseases.

Methods: CVL-seropositive dogs were screened for spotted fever group rickettsiae using an indirect immunofluorescence assay. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0037-8682-0133-2018DOI Listing
February 2019
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[Evaluation of the effectiveness of the serological methods for the identification of antibodies in patients with tissue ricketsiosis on the territories of a different risk of Rickettsia sibirica infection.]

Klin Lab Diagn 2018;63(12):777-782

Omsk Research Institute of natural focal Infections, 644080, Omsk, Russia.

Cases of tick-borne rickettsiosis in Siberia and the Far East are associated with R. sibirica, the causative agent of Siberian tick typhus (STT). In connection with a sharp reduction in the nomenclature of diagnostic products and an increase in the spectrum of species of founding rickettsiae on the territory of Russia, new approaches to the laboratory verification of diagnoses are needed. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.18821/0869-2084-2018-63-12-777-782DOI Listing
January 2018
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[Clinical and laboratory diagnosis of tick-borne rickettsioses in areas of low risk of infection Rickettsia sibirica.]

Klin Lab Diagn 2018;63(11):717-721

Omsk Research Institute of natural focal Infections, 644080, Omsk, Russia.

For the first time, a comparative description of clinical and laboratory parameters in patients with clinical signs of tick-borne rickettsiosis in a natural focus with a low risk of infection with R. sibirica and circulation of R. raoultii is given, depending on the results of serological verification of the diagnosis. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.18821/0869-2084-2018-63-11-717-721DOI Listing
January 2018

Amblyomma maculatum-associated rickettsiae in vector tissues and vertebrate hosts during tick feeding.

Exp Appl Acarol 2019 Feb 15;77(2):187-205. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

Department of Basic Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS, 39762, USA.

Rickettsia parkeri, a causative agent of spotted fever rickettsiosis, is transmitted by Amblyomma maculatum (Gulf Coast tick), a tick that may also carry a non-pathogenic spotted fever group Rickettsia, "Candidatus Rickettsia andeanae". Here, we evaluated R. parkeri and "Candidatus R. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10493-019-00343-xDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6402582PMC
February 2019

Local host-tick coextinction in neotropical forest fragments.

Int J Parasitol 2019 Mar 8;49(3-4):225-233. Epub 2019 Feb 8.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, P.O. Box 0843-03092, Panama City, Panama; Department of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University & Research, P.O. Box 47, 6700 AA Wageningen, the Netherlands.

Ticks are obligatory parasites with complex life cycles that often depend on larger bodied vertebrates as final hosts. These traits make them particularly sensitive to local coextinction with their host. Loss of wildlife abundance and diversity should thus lead to loss of tick abundance and diversity to the point where only generalist tick species remain. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpara.2018.08.008DOI Listing

Rickettsia parkeri spotted fever and toxicosis by Ornithodoros: other tick bite-related entities to be known by dermatologists.

An Bras Dermatol 2019 Jan-Feb;94(1):122-123

Postgraduate Program in Infectious Diseases, Health Science Center, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Vitória (ES), Brazil.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/abd1806-4841.20198389DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6360985PMC

Molecular detection of spotted fever group rickettsiae in ticks parasitizing pet dogs in Shihezi City, northwestern China.

Exp Appl Acarol 2019 Jan 16;77(1):73-81. Epub 2019 Jan 16.

School of Medicine, Shihezi University, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Shihezi, 832002, China.

A total of 178 adult ticks were collected from 32 pet dogs from five veterinary clinics in Shihezi City, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR), northwestern China. All the ticks were identified by comprehensive morphological and genetic analyses, and rickettsiae were detected by seven Rickettsia-specific genetic markers in the ticks. The ticks collected were identified as Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10493-018-00337-1DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6341051PMC
January 2019

Attempt to uncover reservoirs of human spotted fever rickettsiosis on the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia.

J Vector Borne Dis 2018 Jul-Sep;55(3):239-241

School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.4103/0972-9062.249483DOI Listing
February 2019

Spotted fever rickettsioses causing myocarditis and ARDS: a case from Sri Lanka.

BMC Infect Dis 2018 Dec 29;18(1):705. Epub 2018 Dec 29.

Department of General Medicine, General Hospital (Teaching), Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Background: Spotted fever group of rickettsial infections are emerging in Sri Lanka. We describe a patient with rapidly progressing ARDS and myocarditis secondary to spotted fever caused by Rickettsia conorii. ARDS and myocarditis are rare complications of Rickettsia conorii infections and only a few cases are reported to date. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12879-018-3631-6DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6311067PMC
December 2018
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Hosts mobility and spatial spread of Rickettsia rickettsii.

PLoS Comput Biol 2018 12 26;14(12):e1006636. Epub 2018 Dec 26.

Robert Koch-Institute, Berlin, Germany.

There are a huge number of pathogens with multi-component transmission cycles, involving amplifier hosts, vectors or complex pathogen life cycles. These complex systems present challenges in terms of modeling and policy development. A lethal tick-borne infectious disease, the Brazilian Spotted Fever (BSF), is a relevant example of that. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1006636DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6324817PMC
December 2018
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High Seroprevalence Against Typhus Group and Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiae in Rural Indigenous Populations of Peninsular Malaysia.

Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

2 Department of Parasitology and Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia .

Rickettsioses of the typhus group (TG) and spotted fever group (SFG) are emerging bacterial infections worldwide, especially in the tropics. Only a few studies on these pathogens and their respective clinical diseases have been conducted in Malaysia. Here, we performed a seroprevalence study among 544 healthy, afebrile indigenous people (Orang Asli) from peninsular Malaysia for TG and SFG rickettsioses in nine rural and peri-urban settlements. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/vbz.2018.2391DOI Listing
December 2018

Evaluation of the possible use of genus Mentha derived essential oils in the prevention of SENLAT syndrome caused by Rickettsia slovaca.

J Ethnopharmacol 2019 Mar 6;232:55-61. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Biomedical Research Center, Institute of Virology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, 845 05 Bratislava, Slovakia.

Ethnopharmacological Relevance: Essential oils and essential oil bearing medicinal and culinary plants have a long tradition of being used to combat infection, treat various conditions, and promote and restore health. Mint oils are traditionally applied to repel insects and treat various conditions including wounds, skin infections, inflammation, eczema, urticaria, psoriasis, scabies and insect bites. They are among essential oils promoted as a natural way to prevent tick-borne diseases and recommended as ingredients in various homemade repellent mixtures and tick-bite treatments. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2018.12.005DOI Listing
March 2019
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Development of a rapid and visual detection method for Rickettsia rickettsii combining recombinase polymerase assay with lateral flow test.

PLoS One 2018 26;13(11):e0207811. Epub 2018 Nov 26.

Huadong Research Institute for Medicine and Biotechniques, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.

Objectives: Rickettsia rickettsii is the causative agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which is the most severe spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsiosis. Developing a simple and reliable detection method is required.

Methods: A detection method for R. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6257923PMC
April 2019
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Ocular manifestations of in South India.

Indian J Ophthalmol 2018 Dec;66(12):1840-1844

Resident, Aravind Eye Hospital and Postgraduate Institute of Ophthalmology, Salem, Tamil Nadu, India.

Purpose: Among the major groups of rickettsiosis, the commonly reported diseases in India are: (a) Typhus group induced-scrub typhus, murine flea-borne typhus; (b) Spotted fever group induced-Indian tick typhus; and (c) Q fever. Though many scrub typhus outbreaks have been reported from India, only one outbreak of spotted fever-serologically proven Indian tick typhus (Rickettsia conorii)-has been reported. We report for the first time ocular manifestations of serologically proven R. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.4103/ijo.IJO_420_18DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6256869PMC
December 2018
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Tick- and flea-borne rickettsioses in Tizi-Ouzou, Algeria: Implications for travel medicine.

Travel Med Infect Dis 2018 Nov - Dec;26:51-57. Epub 2018 Nov 9.

Aix Marseille Univ, IRD, AP-HM, SSA, VITROME, IHU-Méditerranée Infection, Marseille, France. Electronic address:

Background: In Algeria, Mediterranean spotted fever (MSF), caused by Rickettsia conorii conorii and transmitted by Rhipicephalus sanguineus, is endemic. However, the documentation of cases is rare due to a lack of laboratory facilities. Our aim was to screen for rickettsioses in patients with fever, rash and a possible inoculation eschar. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tmaid.2018.11.005DOI Listing
January 2019
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Fatal case of co-infected of rickettiosis and dengue virus in Mexico

Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc 2018 Oct 25;56(3):320-322. Epub 2018 Oct 25.

Universidad de Sonora, Departamento de Medicina y Ciencias de la Salud. Hermosillo, Sonora, México

Background: Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a disease spread by an infected tick and it is lethal if patient is not treated on time. Symptom similarities with other exanthematous diseases may delay the diagnosis, which leads to its mortality.

Clinical Case: We show the lethal case of a patient with medical record of high blood pressure and no history of travel, who lived in Sonora, Mexico. Read More

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October 2018
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Seroprevalence of spotted fever group and typhus group rickettsiae in individuals with acute febrile illness from Gorakhpur, India.

Int J Infect Dis 2019 Feb 2;79:195-198. Epub 2018 Nov 2.

Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, India.

Background: The aim of this study was to estimate the seroprevalence of spotted fever group (SFG) and typhus group (TG) rickettsiae among individuals with acute febrile illness (AFI) in the scrub typhus endemic district of Gorakhpur in India. This district is one of the worst affected by annual seasonal acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) outbreaks.

Methods: Antibodies against SFG and TG rickettsiae and the associated risk factors were determined in 294 individuals presenting with an AFI, encountered during a community-based survey conducted during the AES outbreak period October-November 2016. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2018.10.024DOI Listing
February 2019
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Epidemiological characterization of incident cases of Rickettsia infection in rural areas of Urabá region, Colombia.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 10 31;12(10):e0006911. Epub 2018 Oct 31.

Grupo de Epidemiología, Facultad Nacional de Salud Pública, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia.

Introduction: Most of the studies related to rickettsial infection in Colombia are cross-sectional because of the challenge in conducting prospective studies on infectious disease that may have a difficult diagnosis. Although cross-sectional studies are essential to detect people exposed to rickettsiae, they are not suited to demonstrate the recent circulation of this pathogen in areas at risk of transmission.

Objective: To characterize the epidemiology of incident cases of Spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsial infection in humans and equines from rural areas of Urabá region in Colombia where outbreaks of rickettsiae previously occurred. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0006911DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6242695PMC
October 2018
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Vector Tick Transmission Model of Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis.

Am J Pathol 2019 Jan 11;189(1):115-123. Epub 2018 Oct 11.

Department of Pathology, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas.

Many aspects of rickettsial infections have been characterized, including pathogenic and immune pathways and mechanisms of rickettsial survival within the vertebrate host and tick vector. However, very few studies are focused on the complex pathogen-vector-host interactions during tick feeding. Therefore, our objective was to develop a tick transmission model of the spotted fever group of rickettsial infections to study the initial events in disease development. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajpath.2018.09.005DOI Listing
January 2019
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Detection of zoonotic agents and a new Rickettsia strain in ticks from donkeys from South Africa: Implications for travel medicine.

Travel Med Infect Dis 2018 Nov - Dec;26:43-50. Epub 2018 Oct 9.

Centre of Rickettsiosis and Arthropod-Borne Diseases, Hospital Universitario San Pedro-CIBIR, Logroño, La Rioja, Spain. Electronic address:

Background: In rural South Africa, people are in close contact with tick-infested donkeys. This study aimed to investigate the presence of spotted fever group Rickettsia, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia and Coxiella species in these arthropods.

Method: 376 ticks (7 species) from donkeys from Limpopo Province (South Africa) were pooled and analyzed using PCR assays for the bacterium detection. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tmaid.2018.10.007DOI Listing
January 2019
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Rickettsia fournieri sp. nov., a novel spotted fever group rickettsia from Argas lagenoplastis ticks in Australia.

Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 2018 Dec 11;68(12):3781-3784. Epub 2018 Oct 11.

4​UMR MEPHI, Aix-Marseille University, IRD, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Marseille, Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire Méditerranée Infection, 19-21 Boulevard JeanMoulin, 13005 Marseille, France.

Strain AUS118 was isolated from an Argas lagenoplastis tick collected from the nest of a Petrochelidon ariel (fairy martin) in Australia in 2013. Microscopic observation of infected cell cultures indicated this strain had a morphology and intracellular location typical of Rickettsiaspecies. Phylogenetic analysis of this strain based firstly on multi-locus sequence analysis and subsequently on whole genome analysis demonstrated that AUS118 was most closely related to, but divergent from Rickettsia japonica and Rickettsia heilongjiangensis. Read More

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http://www.microbiologyresearch.org/content/journal/ijsem/10
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1099/ijsem.0.003057DOI Listing
December 2018
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[Fatal spotted fever in Salta province].

Medicina (B Aires) 2018 ;78(5):356-359

Departamento de Medicina Interna y Terapia Intensiva, Hospital Papa Francisco, Salta, Argentina. E-mail:

We describe the case of a 17-year-old male patient living in Salta city who, 10 days after visiting a rural area in Salta province, was hospitalized for febrile seizures. Shortly after admission, he developed an exanthema followed by a multiple organ dysfunction that evolved to irreversible septic shock followed by death 48 hours after admission. Serological diagnosis -high IgM and IgG anti-Rickettsia spp. Read More

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January 2018
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Serological evidence of spotted fever group rickettsiosis in and around Puducherry, south India-A three years study.

J Vector Borne Dis 2018 Apr-Jun;55(2):144-150

Department of General Medicine and Microbiology, Indira Gandhi Govt. General Hospital and Post Graduate Institute, Puducherry, India.

Background & Objectives: Rickettsial diseases are important re-emerging infections that mostly go unnoticed or are misdiagnosed. Though few case reports of Indian tick typhus have been reported in Indian literature in the past 10 yr, prevalence surveys are few and far between. The objective of this research was to study the seroprevalence of spotted fever (SF) group rickettsiosis and its coinfection with scrub typhus (ST) in Puducherry region of south India, as these two diseases may show similar clinical presentations. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.4103/0972-9062.242562DOI Listing
December 2018
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Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis in a Wildlife Researcher in Sabah, Malaysia: A Case Study.

Trop Med Infect Dis 2018 Mar 6;3(1). Epub 2018 Mar 6.

Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford, Churchill Hospital, Oxford OX3 7FZ, UK.

We present evidence for a case of spotted fever rickettsiosis with severe complications in a young adult male. Although spotted fever group rickettsiae (SFGR) have been reported as the most prevalent cause of rickettsiosis in rural areas of Sabah, Malaysia since the 1980s, this is the first detailed case report of suspected SFGR in the state. Current data on the prevalence, type, and thorough clinical reports on complications of SFGR and other rickettsioses in Sabah is lacking and required to raise the awareness of such diseases. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/tropicalmed3010029DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6136627PMC
March 2018
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The Re-Emergence and Emergence of Vector-Borne Rickettsioses in Taiwan.

Trop Med Infect Dis 2017 Dec 21;3(1). Epub 2017 Dec 21.

Institute of Environmental Health, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, No. 17, Xu-Zhou Road, Taipei 100, Taiwan.

Rickettsial diseases, particularly vector-borne rickettsioses (VBR), have a long history in Taiwan, with studies on scrub typhus and murine typhus dating back over a century. The climatic and geographic diversity of Taiwan's main island and its offshore islands provide many ecological niches for the diversification and maintenance of rickettsiae alike. In recent decades, scrub typhus has re-emerged as the most prevalent type of rickettsiosis in Taiwan, particularly in eastern Taiwan and its offshore islands. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/tropicalmed3010001DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6136612PMC
December 2017
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Molecular evidence and diversity of the spotted-fever group Rickettsia spp. in small mammals from natural, suburban and urban areas of Eastern Slovakia.

Ticks Tick Borne Dis 2018 09 23;9(6):1400-1406. Epub 2018 Jun 23.

Institute of Parasitology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Hlinkova 3, 040 01 Košice, Slovakia; Institute of Zoology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, 845 06 Bratislava, Slovakia. Electronic address:

Rickettsiae of the spotted fever group are considered as emerging pathogens; ticks, fleas and mites are known to be their vectors. However, the prevalence and species diversity of rickettsiae in small mammals and the role of these hosts in the circulation of bacteria are much less studied. During 2014-2016, a total of 250 small mammals (Apodemus agrarius, Apodemus flavicollis, Apodemus uralensis, Myodes glareolus, Crocidura leucodon, Crocidura suaveolens, Micromys minutus, Microtus arvalis, Microtus subterraneus, Neomys fodiens and Sorex minutus) were captured in natural, suburban and urban habitats of eastern Slovakia. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ttbdis.2018.06.011DOI Listing
September 2018
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Tick-borne zoonoses in the Order Rickettsiales and Legionellales in Iran: A systematic review.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 09 11;12(9):e0006722. Epub 2018 Sep 11.

Department of Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran.

Background: Tick-borne zoonoses in the Order Rickettsiales and Legionellales cause infections that often manifest as undifferentiated fevers that are not easy to distinguish from other causes of acute febrile illnesses clinically. This is partly attributed to difficulty in laboratory confirmation since convalescent sera, specific diagnostic reagents, and the required expertise may not be readily available. As a result, a number of tick-borne zoonoses are underappreciated resulting in unnecessary morbidity, mortality and huge economic loses. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0006722DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6181433PMC
September 2018
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Mediterranean spotted fever rickettsiosis in Italy, 2001-2015: Spatio-temporal distribution based on hospitalization records.

Ticks Tick Borne Dis 2019 01 3;10(1):43-50. Epub 2018 Sep 3.

Department of Infectious Diseases, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy.

The Mediterranean spotted fever (MSF) rickettsiosis is the predominant rickettsial disease among the spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsiae in the Mediterranean countries and North Africa. Its causative agent is Rickettsia conorii, although, SFG rickettsiosis - cases due to Rickettsia monacensis, Rickettsia massiliae and Rickettsia aeschlimannii were also described. A retrospective study based on hospital discharge records with a diagnosis of SFG rickettsiosis was carried out to describe the spatial pattern, the trend of the disease, and the epidemiological characteristics of persons hospitalized in the period 2001-2015. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ttbdis.2018.09.001DOI Listing
January 2019
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Evidence of locally acquired spotted fever group rickettsioses in Southeast Texas, 2008-2016.

Zoonoses Public Health 2018 11 27;65(7):897-901. Epub 2018 Aug 27.

Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas.

We identified six paediatric case-patients from southeast Texas diagnosed with confirmed or probable Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiosis (SFGR) between 2008 and 2016. Only one case had a history of travel to an endemic area. Clinical and laboratory findings strongly suggest locally acquired Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in one Houston patient. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/zph.12518DOI Listing
November 2018
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Clinicopathological study on rickettsial spotted fever from south India.

Trop Doct 2018 Oct 23;48(4):325-329. Epub 2018 Aug 23.

2 Department of Microbiology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India.

In a prospective study conducted between November 2006 and April 2008 of 35 patients (male:female ratio 2:1) with proven rickettsial spotted fever, a generalised rash with involvement of palms and soles were seen in 80% of patients. Vasculitis on histopathology of rash was seen in 54%. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0049475518794580DOI Listing
October 2018
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Serologic assessment for exposure to spotted fever group rickettsiae in dogs in the Arizona-Sonora border region.

Zoonoses Public Health 2018 12 21;65(8):984-992. Epub 2018 Aug 21.

Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Infectious Disease Services, Phoenix, Arizona.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a severe tick-borne rickettsial illness. In the south-western United States and Mexico, RMSF displays unique epidemiologic and ecologic characteristics, including Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato (brown dog tick) as the primary vector. Expansion and spread of the disease from hyperendemic regions of Arizona or Mexico to new areas is a key public health concern. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/zph.12517DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6217800PMC
December 2018
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Exposure of Owned Dogs and Feeding Ticks to Spotted Fever Group Rickettsioses in Central Italy.

Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis 2018 12 21;18(12):704-708. Epub 2018 Aug 21.

1 Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Perugia , Perugia, Italy .

Dogs may be useful sentinels for public health monitoring of spotted fever group rickettsioses (SFGR). The aim of this study was to determine the exposure to SFGR among dogs and feeding ticks in central Italy. A total of 344 dogs and 607 adult ticks (395 Rhipicephalus sanguineus and 212 Ixodes ricinus specimens) collected from the coats of sampled animals were included in the study. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/vbz.2018.2303DOI Listing
December 2018
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Molecular Confirmation of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Epidemic Agent in Mexicali, Mexico.

Emerg Infect Dis 2018 09;24(9):1723-1725

Since 2008, a large epidemic of Rocky Mountain spotted fever has been emerging among humans and dogs in Mexicali, adjacent to the United States in Baja California, Mexico. We molecularly confirmed the causative agent; this information can be used to study the origin and dynamics of the epidemic. Read More

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September 2018
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Distinguishing Japanese Spotted Fever and Scrub Typhus, Central Japan, 2004- 2015.

Emerg Infect Dis 2018 09;24(9):1633-1641

Japanese spotted fever (JSF) and scrub typhus (ST) are endemic to Japan and share similar clinical features. To document the clinical and epidemiologic characteristics that distinguish these 2 rickettsial diseases, during 2004-2015 we recruited 31 JSF patients, 188 ST patients, and 97 nonrickettsial disease patients from the southern Boso Peninsula of Japan. JSF occurred during April-October and ST during November-December. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6106405PMC
September 2018
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Detection of Rickettsia monacensis and Rickettsia amblyommatis in ticks collected from dogs in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Ticks Tick Borne Dis 2018 09 6;9(6):1565-1572. Epub 2018 Aug 6.

Institute for Parasitology, Centre for Infection Medicine, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Buenteweg 17, 30559 Hanover, Germany. Electronic address:

The neotropical climate of Central America provides ideal conditions for ticks, which may transmit several human pathogens, including spotted-fever group Rickettsia. Dogs may act as sentinels or reservoirs for human tick-borne diseases due to shared tick species. Here, ticks were collected from 680 client-owned dogs in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and a total of 316 tick pools were investigated for Rickettsia infection by quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) targeting the gltA gene. Read More

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September 2018
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Effects of Rickettsia amblyommatis Infection on the Vector Competence of Amblyomma americanum Ticks for Rickettsia rickettsii.

Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis 2018 11 10;18(11):579-587. Epub 2018 Aug 10.

Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , Atlanta, Georgia .

Although Dermacentor spp. ticks are considered the primary vectors of Rickettsia rickettsii in the United States, other North American tick species are also capable of transmitting the agent, including the lone star tick-Amblyomma americanum. The lone star tick is an aggressive human-biting tick abundant in the South, Central, and Mid-Atlantic United States, which has been shown to be a competent vector of R. Read More

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November 2018
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First molecular detection of the human pathogen Rickettsia raoultii and other spotted fever group rickettsiae in Ixodid ticks from wild and domestic mammals.

Parasitol Res 2018 Nov 4;117(11):3421-3429. Epub 2018 Aug 4.

Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sardegna, Via Duca degli Abruzzi, 8, 07100, Sassari, Italy.

Tick-borne rickettsioses are recognized as emerging vector-borne infections capable of infecting both human and animal hosts worldwide. This study focuses on the detection and molecular identification of species belonging to the genus Rickettsia in ticks sampled from human, vegetation, and domestic and wild vertebrates in Sardinia. Ticks were tested by PCR targeting gltA, ompA, and ompB genes, followed by sequencing analysis. Read More

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November 2018

Septic Shock Caused by Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in a Suburban Texas Patient with Pet Dog Exposure: A Case Report.

Am J Case Rep 2018 Aug 4;19:917-919. Epub 2018 Aug 4.

Department of Internal Medicine, The Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX, USA.

BACKGROUND Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is associated with high mortality and requires prompt identification and treatment to ensure better outcomes. CASE REPORT We describe an advanced case of RMSF in a 45-year-old female patient with pet dog exposure who presented with altered mental status, dyspnea, and ataxia progressing to septic shock and acute hypoxic respiratory failure requiring intubation and mechanical ventilation. CONCLUSIONS This case illustrates the importance of keeping RMSF in the differential diagnosis in patient populations outside of the usual geographic areas of incidence in the appropriate clinical setting. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6091339PMC
August 2018
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The prevalence and clinical characteristics of tick-borne diseases at One Sentinel Hospital in Northeastern China.

Parasitology 2019 Feb 1;146(2):161-167. Epub 2018 Aug 1.

State Key Laboratory of Pathogen and Biosecurity,Beijing Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology,Beijing 100071,P.R. China.

Northeastern China is a region of high tick abundance, multiple tick-borne pathogens and likely human infections. The spectrum of diseases caused by tick-borne pathogens has not been objectively evaluated in this region for clinical management and for comparison with other regions globally where tick-transmitted diseases are common. Based on clinical symptoms, PCR, indirect immunofluorescent assay and (or) blood smear, we identified and described tick-borne diseases from patients with recent tick bite seen at Mudanjiang Forestry Central Hospital. Read More

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February 2019
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Zoonotic Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Ehrlichia canis, Dirofilaria immitis, Borrelia burgdorferi, and spotted fever group rickettsiae (SFGR) in different types of dogs.

Parasitol Res 2018 Nov 31;117(11):3407-3412. Epub 2018 Jul 31.

Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, 22110, Jordan.

Dogs can carry and share zoonotic pathogens with humans. This problem is understudied in different parts of the world, including Jordan. This study determined the prevalence of Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Ehrlichia canis, Dirofilaria immitis, and Borrelia burgdorferi using the SNAP 4Dx Plus test and spotted fever group rickettsiae (SFGR) using enzyme immunoassay IgG test in different types of dogs (farm/breeding, police, and stray) in Jordan. Read More

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November 2018
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Abiotic and habitat drivers of tick vector abundance, diversity, phenology and human encounter risk in southern California.

PLoS One 2018 31;13(7):e0201665. Epub 2018 Jul 31.

Department of Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States of America.

The distribution, abundance and seasonal activity of vector species, such as ticks and mosquitoes, are key determinants of vector-borne disease risk, and are strongly influenced by abiotic and habitat conditions. Despite the numerous species of tick vectors in the heavily populated North American West Coast, all but Ixodes pacificus, the primary vector of the Lyme disease spirochete, is poorly characterized with regard to seasonal activity patterns and fine scale drivers of distribution and abundance, particularly in heavily populated regions of southern California. This lack of knowledge inhibits both scientific understanding and public health efforts to minimize vector exposure and risk of pathogen transmission to humans. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6067749PMC
February 2019
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Case Report: Typhoid Fever and Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiosis Presenting Concomitantly in an Indian Immigrant.

Am J Trop Med Hyg 2018 Oct;99(4):864-866

The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Haifa, Israel.

We present a rare case of an Indian immigrant suffering from concomitant infection of and spotted fever group . We discuss the scarce reports of dual infections from the developing world and the related diagnostic challenges. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6159590PMC
October 2018
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[A complicated clinical course of tick-borne rickettsiosis after safari in South Africa].

Dtsch Med Wochenschr 2018 08 30;143(15):1116-1119. Epub 2018 Jul 30.

IV. Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik der LMU, München.

History: A healthy 41 year old man was bitten by a tick while on safari in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. He developed severe fever and malaise 5 days later. A characteristic red skin sore with a dark centre and surrounding erythema (eschar, tache noir) developed at the site of the tick bite. Read More

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August 2018
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A review of the genus in Central America.

Res Rep Trop Med 2018 29;9:103-112. Epub 2018 Jun 29.

Vector Research Laboratory, Tropical Diseases Research Center, Faculty of Microbiology, University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica.

In this paper, we present a historical review of rickettsiosis in Central America and also the most recent findings of in ectoparasites. All countries of Central America have records of rickettsiosis. Regarding the typhus group rickettsioses, there is clinical or serological evidence of in Guatemala, in Panama, Guatemala, and Costa Rica and unidentified species of the typhus group in El Salvador. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6047601PMC
June 2018
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[Haemophagocytic syndrome secondary to Mediterranean spotted fever].

Ann Dermatol Venereol 2018 Aug - Sep;145(8-9):516-520. Epub 2018 Jul 10.

Département de dermatologie, CHU St-Éloi, 80, avenue Augustin-Fliche, 34090 Montpellier, France.

Introduction: Haemophagocytic syndrome (HS) is a rare disease with a severe prognosis that is defined by clinical, laboratory and histopathological criteria. Infections represent the classical cause of HS. HS secondary to Mediterranean spotted fever (MSF) is rare with only a few cases being reported in the literature. Read More

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February 2019
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Rickettsia Species Isolated from Dermacentor occidentalis (Acari: Ixodidae) from California.

J Med Entomol 2018 Oct;55(6):1555-1560

Vector-Borne Disease Section, Division of Communicable Disease Control, California Department of Public Health, Richmond, CA.

The Pacific Coast tick (Dermacentor occidentalis Marx, 1892) is one of the most widely distributed and frequently encountered tick species in California. This tick is the primary vector of an unclassified spotted fever group rickettsial pathogen, designated currently as Rickettsia 364D, the etiologic agent of a recently recognized tick-borne rickettsiosis known as Pacific Coast tick fever. Despite intensified interest in this pathogen, important questions remain regarding its taxonomic status and possible variations in genotype among different strains that could influence its pathogenicity. Read More

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October 2018
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Molecular survey of Rickettsia spp. in the Neotropical deer tick Haemaphysalis juxtakochi from Brazilian Pampa.

Parasitol Res 2018 Oct 6;117(10):3293-3298. Epub 2018 Jul 6.

Instituto de Pesquisas Veterinárias Desidério Finamor (IPVDF), Estrada do Conde, 6000, mail box 47, Eldorado do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, 92990-000, Brazil.

Spotted fever (SF) is a tick-borne disease associated with Rickettsia spp.. In the Pampa biome, Southern Brazil, cases of SF seem to be strongly linked with the practice of hunting wild animals. Read More

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October 2018
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