2011-02-01Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.25646/740
Rickettsia aeschlimannii in Hyalomma marginatum Ticks, Germany
Mantke, Oliver Donoso
To the Editor: Rickettsia spp. of the spotted fever group cause worldwide emerging human infections known as tick-borne rickettsioses (1). Data on the occurrence and prevalence of Rickettsia in Germany are still limited (2). Six Rickettsia species have been reported to date (2). R. helvetica, R. felis, R. massiliae, and R. monacensis were detected with a relatively low prevalence in Ixodes ricinus ticks collected in southern Germany (2); R. raoultii was identified with high prevalence in the rapidly expanding area where D. reticulatus ticks are found (2). R. raoultii was recently recognized as an agent of tick-borne lymphadenopathy/Dermacentor-borne necrosis and erythema lymphadenopathy (3). Low prevalence of another tick-borne lymphadenopathy agent, R. slovaca, in Dermacentor marginatus ticks collected in southern Germany was recently reported (4).
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