Spotted fever group rickettsiae in ticks collected from wild animals in Israel

Avi Keysary, Marina E. Eremeeva, Moshe Leitner, Adi Beth Din, Mary E. Wikswo, Kosta Y. Mumcuoglu, Moshe Inbar, Arian D. Wallach, Uri Shanas, Roni King, Trevor Waner

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We report molecular evidence for the presence of spotted fever group rickettsiae (SFGR) in ticks collected from roe deer, addax, red foxes, and wild boars in Israel. Rickettsia aeschlimannii was detected in Hyalomma marginatum and Hyalomma detritum while Rickettsia massiliae was present in Rhipicephalus turanicus ticks. Furthermore, a novel uncultured SFGR was detected in Haemaphysalis adleri and Haemaphysalis parva ticks from golden jackals. The pathogenicity of the novel SFGR for humans is unknown; however, the presence of multiple SFGR agents should be considered when serological surveillance data from Israel are interpreted because of significant antigenic cross-reactivity among Rickettsia. The epidemiology and ecology of SFGR in Israel appear to be more complicated than was previously believed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)919-923
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology
  • Parasitology


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