A serological survey of 1813 rodent and 549 dog sera, collected from 1979 to 1986 from animals in 16 Egyptian Governorates were tested for antibody to Rickettsia typhi and Rickettsia conorii by the indirect fluorescent antibody test. Only three of 82 (4%) sera from Rattus rattus collected near Aswan had antibody to R. conorii. The prevalence of R. typhi antibody in dog sera was only 0.4% (n = 549) while 25% (n = 547) of Rattus norvegicus and 11% (n = 1138) of R. rattus had measurable antibodies. Among the other rodents, antibody was demonstrated in only 2% (n = 45) of Arvicanthis spp., and 1% (n = 83) of Acomys spp. Collectively, rodents captured in the Nile Delta had a higher prevalence in the Nile Valley (mean 4% (n = 650)). Antibody to R. typhi was detected in rodents collected in all port cities: Ismailiya, 13%; Port Said, 9%; Suez, 9%, Safaga, 16%; Quseir, 32% and Alexandria, 34%. These data showed evidence of R. typhi infection among rodents in widespread geographic localities of Egypt and suggested that infected rodents may be a source of human infections.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene|
|State||Published - 1989|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Infectious Diseases