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Volume 12, Number 5—May 2006

Dispatch

Rickettsia felis in Fleas, Western Australia

Drew Schloderer*, Helen Owen*Comments to Author , Phillip Clark*, John Stenos†, and Stanley G. Fenwick*
Author affiliations: *Murdoch University, Murdoch, Western Australia, Australia; †The Australian Rickettsial Reference Laboratory, Geelong, Victoria, Australia

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Flea species positive for rickettsiae from dogs and cats in Western Australia*

Location Animal No. animals No. flea pools Flea species No. gltA+ompA+ (%) Genes sequenced†
Broome Dog 4 4 Echidnophaga gallinacea 2 (50) ns
Geraldton Cat 17 14 Ctenocephalides felis 6 (43) ns
3 E. gallinacea 1 (33) ns
Dog‡ 38 30 C. felis 14 (46) ns
10 E. gallinacea 2 (20) ns
Pinjarra Cat 1 1 C. felis 0 (0)
Dog 7 7 C. felis 3 (43) gltA
Manjimup Cat 4 4 C. felis 1 (25) ns
Dog 6 6 C. felis 3 (50) gltA
Bunbury Cat 5 5 C. felis 2 (40) ns
Dog 6 6 C. felis 3 (50) gltA
Busselton Cat 10 8 C. felis 3 (38) ns
2 Spilopsyllus cuniculi 0
Dog§ 33 28 C. felis 6 (21) gltA, ompA
7 C. canis 0
1 E. gallinacea 0
Augusta Cat 1 1 C. felis 0
Dog 2 2 C. felis 1 (50) gltA
Albany Dog 10 10 C. felis 5 (50) gltA
Esperance Cat 5 5 C. felis 3 (60) ns
Dog¶ 10 10 C. felis 3 (30) ns
1 E. gallinacea 0

*Fleas were collected from 116 dogs and 43 cats. 6 animals were co-infected with 2 different species of fleas as indicated.
†ns, no sequencing performed on this sample; gltAgltA segment sequenced; ompAompA gene segment sequenced.
‡Two dogs had C. felis and E. gallinacea.
§One dog had C. felis and E. gallinacea, 2 dogs had C. felis and C. canis.
¶One dog had C. felis and E. galli

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