Prevalence of antibodies to spotted fever group rickettsiae along the Eastern Coast of the Adriatic Sea

S. Radulovic, David Walker, K. Weiss, B. Dzelalija, M. Morovic

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Abstract

A seroepidemiological survey in coastal Croatia detected antibodies reactive with Rickettsia conorii in 4.2% of sera by immunofluorescence assay and in 5.0% of sera by enzyme immunoassay. Western immunoblotting demonstrated antibodies to the 120-kDa surface protein in all 20 positive serum samples examined and to rickettsial lipopolysaccharide in 3 of these serum samples. Humans in this area are clearly being exposed to spotted fever rickettsiae.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2225-2227
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Volume31
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1993

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  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)

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