Volume 90, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



DNA of several spotted fever group rickettsiae was found in ticks in Israel. The findings include evidence for the existence of and Rickettsia barbariae in ticks in Israel. The DNA of was detected in a tick from a wild boar and DNA of Rickettsia barbariae was detected in collected from vegetation. The DNA of was found in and , whereas DNA of was detected in a () . Clinicians should be aware that diseases caused by a variety of rickettsiae previously thought to be present only in other countries outside of the Middle East may infect residents of Israel who have not necessarily traveled overseas. Furthermore, this study reveals again that the epidemiology of the spotted fever group rickettsiae may not only involve but may include other rickettsiae.


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  • Received : 01 Dec 2013
  • Accepted : 27 Jan 2014
  • Published online : 07 May 2014

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