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Volume 19, Number 7—July 2013

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Genetic Variants of Orientia tsutsugamushi in Domestic Rodents, Northern China

Meng Zhang, Zhong-Tang ZhaoComments to Author , Xian-Jun Wang, Zhong Li, Lei Ding, Shu-Jun Ding, and Hui-Li Yang
Author affiliations: Shandong University, Jinan, People’s Republic of China (M. Zhang, Z.-T. Zhao, L. Ding); Shandong Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Jinan (X.-J. Wang, Z. Li, S.-J. Ding); Tai’an Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Tai’an, China (H.-L. Yang)

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Rates of Orientia tsutsugamushi positivity among domestic rodents , Tai’an, China, September 2010–March 2012*

Rodent species Season, no. positive/no. tested (%)
Spring Summer Autumn Winter Total
Mus musculus 2/18 (11.1) 0/21 (0) 3/60 (5.0) 1/40 (2.5) 6/139 (4.3)
Rattus norvegicus 1/39 (2.6) 0/31 (0) 3/131 (2.3) 0/43 (0) 4/244 (1.6)
R. rattus
0
0
0
0/2 (0)
0/2 (0)
Total
3/57 (5.3)
0/52 (0)
6/191 (3.1)
1/85 (1.2)
10/385 (2.6)
*Determined by PCR.

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