Volume 85, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Far-eastern spotted fever is an emerging disease caused by , a tick-borne obligate intracellular bacterium. In this study, was used to infect BALB/c mice by inoculation of retro-orbital venous plexus to imitate a blood infection caused by tick biting. We found that rapidly entered the circulation for systemic dissemination and the pathogen existed in liver, spleen, lungs, and brain of the mice at least 9 days post-infection (p.i.). Severe pathological lesions were observed in liver, lungs, and brain at Day 6 p.i. In addition, the elevated levels of inflammatory cytokines, including interferon-γ, tumor necrosis factor, and CC chemokine, were detected in the infected organs at Day 3 p.i. Our results reveal that may cause an infection in BALB/c mice and the pathological lesions in the infected mice are associated with host inflammatory response induced by .


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  • Received : 23 Dec 2010
  • Accepted : 06 Jun 2011
  • Published online : 01 Sep 2011

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