Rickettsia sibirica isolation from a patient and detection in ticks, Portugal

Rita De Sousa, Conceição Barata, Liliana Vitorino, Margarida Santos-Silva, Carlos Carrapato, Jorge Torgal, David Walker, Fátima Bacellar

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We report the first isolation of Rickettsia sibirica (strain mongolotimonae) from the blood of a patient and detection by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of the rickettsia in a Rhipicephalus pusillus tick collected from a dead mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon) in the Alentejo region, Portugal. We describe also the first PCR detection of a new Rickettsia strain that is related to R. sibirica.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1103-1108
Number of pages6
JournalEmerging infectious diseases
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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