Amblyomma imitator ticks as vectors of Rickettsia rickettsii, Mexico

Karla A. Oliveira, Adriano Pinter, Aaron Medina-Sanchez, Venkata D. Boppana, Stephen K. Wikel, Tais Saito, Thomas Shelite, Lucas Blanton, Vsevolod Popov, Pete D. Teel, David Walker, Marcio A M Galvao, Claudio Mafra, Donald Bouyer

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Real-time PCR of Amblyomma imitator tick egg masses obtained in Nuevo Leon State, Mexico, identified a Rickettsia species. Sequence analyses of 17-kD common antigen and outer membrane protein A and B gene fragments showed to it to be R. rickettsii, which suggested a potential new vector for this bacterium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1282-1284
Number of pages3
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Epidemiology

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Oliveira, K. A., Pinter, A., Medina-Sanchez, A., Boppana, V. D., Wikel, S. K., Saito, T., Shelite, T., Blanton, L., Popov, V., Teel, P. D., Walker, D., Galvao, M. A. M., Mafra, C., & Bouyer, D. (2010). Amblyomma imitator ticks as vectors of Rickettsia rickettsii, Mexico. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 16(8), 1282-1284.