Volume 69, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


is the etiologic agent of Flinders Island (Australia) spotted fever. The tick is associated with reptiles and is the arthropod reservoir for this rickettsia on Flinders Island. The rickettsia appears to be maintained in the tick via vertical transmission. Of 46 ticks examined, 29 (63%) were positive for spotted fever group rickettsiae by detection of the citrate synthase gene by a polymerase chain reaction (PCR). From the positive tick samples, seven were sequenced and found to be 100% homologous with . Of 17 reptiles examined, none had evidence of rickettsiae by PCR or culture of blood.


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  • Received : 04 Apr 2003
  • Accepted : 01 Jul 2003

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