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Volume 14, Number 8—August 2008

Dispatch

Rickettsia felis in Fleas, Germany

Jeremie Gilles*1Comments to Author , Frank Thomas Just*, Cornelia Silaghi*, Ingrid Pradel*, Lygia Maria Friche Passos*†, Heidi Lengauer‡, Klaus Hellmann‡, and Kurt Pfister*
Author affiliations: *Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany; †Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; ‡Klifovet AG, Munich;

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Table 2

Distribution of Rickettsia felis in fleas collected from dogs and cats, Germany, 2007*

LocationAnimalNo. animalsNo. fleasFlea speciesNo. (%) gltA+No. animals with/without infected fleas
BerlinDog82420 Ctenocephalides felis,† 
4 Archeopsylla erinacei6 (25)0/8

Cat
6
18
17 C. felis,† 1 A.erinacei
4 (22)
2/6
BrandenburgDog41212 C. felis00/4

Cat
1
3
C. felis
0
0/1
BremmenDog122 C. felis00/1

Cat
7
21
C. felis
0
0/7
ChemnitzDog103021 C. felis, 9 A.erinacei9 (30)3/10

Cat
8
24
C. felis
0
0/8
FreisingDog

Cat
7
21
20 C. felis,† 1 A.erinacei
1 (5)
2/7
LeipzigDog

Cat
2
6
C. felis
0
0/2
MunichDog72110 C. felis, 10 A.erinacei,† 
1 Ctenocephalides canis10 (50)4/7

Cat
8
27
21 C. felis, 6 A. erinacei
8 (30)
3/8
MünsterDog396 C. felis,† 3 A.erinacei5 (56)3/3

Cat
1
3
C. felis†
3 (100)
1/1
OsnabrückDog61818 C. felis00/6

Cat
8
23
22 C. felis, 1 Pulex irritans
0
0/8
Rostock/LaageDog51512 C. felis, 3 C. canis00/15

Cat
1
3
C. felis
0
0/1
SchongauDog51512 C. felis,† 2 Ceratophyllus gallinae7 (47)3/5
Cat51513 C. felis,† 3 C. gallinae7 (47)3/5

*gltA, citrate synthase.
†Flea species positive for gltA.

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1Current affiliation: University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA.

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