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Volume 29, Number 2—February 2023

Molecular Detection of Candidatus Orientia chuto in Wildlife, Saudi Arabia

Hadil A. Alkathiry, Samia Q. Alghamdi, Holly E.J. Morgan, Madeleine E. Noll, Jing J. Khoo, Abdulaziz N. Alagaili, and Benjamin L. MakepeaceComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saudi Islamic University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (H.A. Alkathiry); University of Liverpool, Liverpool, England, UK (H.A. Alkathiry, H.E.J. Morgan, M.E. Noll, J.J. Khoo, B.L. Makepeace); Al-Bahah University, Al-Bahah, Saudi Arabia (S.Q. Alghamdi); King Saud University, Riyadh (A.N. Alagaili)

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Table 2

Positive rodent specimens, chigger infestations, and collection sites used for molecular detection of Candidatus Orientia chuto in wildlife, Saudi Arabia

Province, sample ID
Host species
Tissue, htrA accession no.
No. chiggers per species*
Nearest settlement or feature
GPS coordinates
Collection date
Asir Oct 2020
MR25 Acomys dimidiatus Liver, ON844109 12 E. caucasicum; 16 E. kazeruni; 1 S. saudi; 1 S. zarudnyi Wosanib village N18.328347, E42.219233 917
A. dimidiatus
Liver, ON84411; kidney, ON844111
Wosanib village
N18.328347, E42.219233

Al-Bahah Aug 2021
AR33 Dipodillus dasyurus Spleen, ON844112 1 M. hoogstraali Khairah Forest Park N20.054973, E41.396330 2,477
AR43 A. dimidiatus Spleen, ON844113 None Bani Sar town N20.103946, E41.443762 2,218
AR77 A. dimidiatus Spleen, ON844114 None King Fahd Road, Al Makhwah N19.864027, E41.452468 545
AR81 A. dimidiatus Spleen, ON844115 None King Fahd Road, Al Makhwah N19.791421, E41.437912 388

*Full genus names: Ericotrombidium, Schoutedenichia, Microtrombicula. †Meters above sea level.

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