Rickettsia parkeri Infection in Domestic Dogs, Southern Louisiana, USA, 2011
Published Date:Jun 2012
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 18(6):995-997.
Bacterial Outer Membrane Proteins
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Sequence Analysis, DNA
Spotted Fever Group Rickettsioses
Tick-borne Rickettsial Disease
Funding:5R01AI077784/AI/NIAID NIH HHS/United States
T32 OD011124/OD/NIH HHS/United States
Description:The association between companion animals and tick-borne rickettsial disease has long been recognized and can be essential to the emergence of rickettsioses. We tested whole blood from dogs in temporary shelters by using PCR for rickettsial infections. Of 93 dogs, 12 (13%) were positive for Rickettsia parkeri, an emerging tick-borne rickettsiosis.
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