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Volume 14, Number 7—July 2008

Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiae in Ticks, Morocco

Mhammed Sarih*1, Cristina Socolovschi†1, Najma Boudebouch*, Mohammed Hassar*, Didier Raoult†, and Philippe Parola†Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Institut Pasteur du Maroc, Casablanca, Morocco; †World Health Organization Collaborative Center for Rickettsioses and Other Arthropod Borne Bacterial Diseases, Marseille, France;

Main Article


Detection and identification of spotted fever group Rickettsia spp. from ticks collected in Morocco, by PCR and DNA sequencing

Tick species (no. specimens tested) Host Rickettsial gene targeted/no. ticks positive by PCR/no. examined* Identification by 
gene sequence 
(no. identified/no. tested) GenBank accession no.
Dermacentor marginatus (11) Vegetation gltA/6/11 R. slovaca (5/6), 
R. raoultii (1/6) U59725, DQ365803

R. slovaca (5/6), 
R. raoultii (1/6)
U43808, DQ365799
Hyalomma marginatum marginatum (35) Domestic animals gltA/3/35 R. aeschlimannii U59722

R. aeschlimannii
Haemaphysalis sulctata (79) Domestic animals gltA/61/79 “Rickettsia endosymbiont of Ha. Sulctata” (“R. kastelanii”) DQ081187


Ha. punctata (6) Domestic animals gltA/3/6 “Rickettsia endosymbiont of Ha. Sulctata” (“R. kastelanii”) DQ081187


Haemaphysalis sp. (18) Vegetation gltA/14/18 “Rickettsia endosymbiont of Ha. Sulctata” (“R. kastelanii”) DQ081187


Ixodes ricinus (14) Vegetation gltA/9/14 R. monacensis (5/9), 
R. helvetica (4/9) AF140706, U59723

R. monacensis (5/9)
Rhipicephalus sanguineus (106) Domestic animals gltA/5/106 R. massiliae U59720

R. massiliae
Rh. bursa (76)
Domestic animals

Rh. turanicus (25) Domestic animals gltA/0/25

*gltA, citrate synthase A; ompA, outer membrane protein A. Only ticks positive for the gltA gene were tested for the ompA gene.

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1These authors contributed equally to this article.

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