Volume 91, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



This article presents two case reports of detection in two women from Venezuela. Both patients were exposed to , the presumed tick vector, and experienced chronic, nonspecific clinical signs including headaches and muscle pains. Intra-platelet inclusion bodies resembling were observed in buffy coat smears and DNA was amplified and sequenced from whole blood; however, treatment with doxycycline did not alleviate their symptoms. These cases provide further support for as a zoonotic tick-borne pathogen, most likely of low pathogenicity; nonetheless, the cause of illness in humans by is yet to be confirmed.


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  • Received : 16 Jun 2014
  • Accepted : 12 Aug 2014
  • Published online : 03 Dec 2014

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