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Volume 11, Number 3—March 2005


Rickettsiae in Ixodid Ticks, Sicily

Tiziana Beninati*Comments to Author , Claudio Genchi*, Alessandra Torina†, Santo Caracappa†, Claudio Bandi*, and Nathan Lo*
Author affiliations: *Universita' degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy; †Istituto Zooprofilattico della Sicilia, Palermo, Italy

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Identification of Rickettsia spp. in tick samples from herbivores, Corleone (Palermo Province), Italy, 2001-2002

No. of ticks infected/total no.
of ticks examined (tick species) Minimum-maximum
infection rate (%) Rickettsia spp. identified
(% identity with sca4 of spotted
fever group rickettsiae)
Dermacentor marginatus (2/7) 28.5 R. slovaca (100)
Haemaphysalis punctata (1/15) 6.6 R. slovaca (100)
Hyalomma marginatum (2*/24) 8.3–20.8 R. aeschlimannii (99.79)
Hyalomma marginatum (1/24) 4.1 R. africae (99.75)
Rickettsia sp. strain S (99.25)
R. honei (99.0)
Rhipicephalus turanicus (1†/52) 1.9–7.6 R. conorii (100)

*Two pools of 2 and 3 ticks were positive. †One pool of 4 ticks was positive.

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