Rickettsia felis in Ctenocephalides spp. fleas, Brazil

Riva P. Oliveira, Márcio A.M. Galvão, Claudio L. Mafra, Chequer B. Chamone, Simone B. Calic, Sergio U. Silva, David H. Walker

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In June 2000, suspected cases of Brazilian spotted fever (BSF) occurred in Coronel Fabriciano Municipality, Minas Gerais State, Brazil. Pooled fleas collected near two fatal cases contained rickettsial DNA. The nucleotide sequence alignment of the 391-bp segment of the 17-kDa protein gene showed that the products were identical to each other and to the R. felis 17-kDa gene, confirming circulation of R. felis in Brazil.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-319
Number of pages3
JournalEmerging infectious diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Oliveira, R. P., Galvão, M. A. M., Mafra, C. L., Chamone, C. B., Calic, S. B., Silva, S. U., & Walker, D. H. (2002). Rickettsia felis in Ctenocephalides spp. fleas, Brazil. Emerging infectious diseases, 8(3), 317-319. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid0803.010301