Amblyomma imitator ticks as vectors of Rickettsia rickettsii, Mexico

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

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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