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Volume 17, Number 5—May 2011

Dispatch

Rickettsia rickettsii Transmission by a Lone Star Tick, North Carolina

Edward B. BreitschwerdtComments to Author , Barbara C. Hegarty, Ricardo G. Maggi, Paul M. Lantos, Denise M. Aslett, and Julie M. Bradley
Author affiliations: Author affiliations: North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA (E.B. Breitschwerdt, B.C. Hegarty, R.G. Maggi, D.M. Aslett, J.M. Bradley); Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA (P.M. Lantos)

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Table

Sequence similarities for the ompA and 17-kDa genes from Rickettsia spp. amplified and sequenced from the patient’s blood and from the Amblyomma americanum tick, North Carolina, 2010*

Characteristic
ompA

17-kDa
R. rickettsii
R. parkeri
R. amblyommii
R. rickettsii
R. parkeri
R. parkeri
R. amblyommii
R. amblyommii
GenBank no. DQ002504 U43802 AY062007 AY281069 EF102237 U17008 AY375162 U11013
Tick sequence
similarities, bp
180/180
171/180
159/180

502/502
496/497
486/489
480/490
479/489
Patient sequence
similarities, bp 176/176 159/180 NA NA NA NA NA NA

*ompA, outer membrane protein A gene; NA, amplicon not obtained from patient’s blood sample for sequence comparison.

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