Identification of Rickettsia felis DNA in the blood of domestic cats and dogs in the USA

, Subarna Barua, Patrick John Kelly, Chenoweth Kelly, Bernhard Kaltenboeck & Chengming Wang
Background: The main vector and reservoir host of Rickettsia felis, an emerging human pathogen causing flea-borne spotted fever, is the cat flea Ctenocephalides felis. While cats have not been found to be infected with the organism, significant percentages of dogs from Australia and Africa are infected, indicating that they may be important mammalian reservoirs. The objective of this study was to determine the presence of R. felis DNA in the blood of domestic dogs and...
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