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Volume 14, Number 7—July 2008

Synopsis

Rickettsia felis as Emergent Global Threat for Humans

Carlos E. Pérez-Osorio*, Jorge E. Zavala-Velázquez*, Juan José Arias León*, and Jorge E. Zavala-Castro*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mérida, México;

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Table 2

Human cases of Rickettsis felis infection reported worldwide, 1994–2006*

Year No. cases Method Country Reference
1994 1 PCR USA (2)
2000, 2006 5 PCR Mexico (33)
2001, 2006 3 PCR Brazil (34)
2002 2 PCR/serology Germany (35)
2003 1 Serology (seroconversion) Thailand (36)
2005 3 Serology (Western blot) South Korea (37)
2006 8 Serology (IFAT/Western blot) Tunisia (38)
2006 1 Serology (seroconversion) Laos (39)
2006 33 Serology (IFAT) Spain (40)
Total 68

*IFAT, indirect fluorescent antibody test.

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