Volume 85, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



We report molecular evidence for the presence of spotted fever group rickettsiae (SFGR) in ticks collected from roe deer, addax, red foxes, and wild boars in Israel. was detected in and while was present in ticks. Furthermore, a novel uncultured SFGR was detected in and ticks from golden jackals. The pathogenicity of the novel SFGR for humans is unknown; however, the presence of multiple SFGR agents should be considered when serological surveillance data from Israel are interpreted because of significant antigenic cross-reactivity among . The epidemiology and ecology of SFGR in Israel appear to be more complicated than was previously believed.


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  • Received : 02 Nov 2010
  • Accepted : 06 Jun 2011
  • Published online : 01 Nov 2011

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