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New Spotted Fever Group Rickettsia in a Rhipicephalus turanicus Tick Removed from a Child in Eastern Sicily, Italy

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  • Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia; Entomological Sciences Program, United States Army Public Health Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland

A new genotype of spotted fever group Rickettsia (SFGR) was identified in Rhipicephalus turanicus from eastern Sicily. On the basis of current molecular criteria, the genetic characteristics obtained from multiple locus sequence typing satisfy the requirements for Candidatus status of this SFGR. Further detection and identification of this SFGR during entomological and clinical surveys will be required to establish the prevalence of this Rickettsia and its potential pathogenicity for humans.

Author Notes

*Address correspondence to Marina E. Eremeeva, Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch, Mail Stop G13, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30333. E-mail: MEremeeva@cdc.gov

Authors' addresses: Marina E. Eremeeva, Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, E-mail: MEremeeva@cdc.gov. Ellen Y. Stromdahl, Entomological Sciences Program, U.S. Army Public Health Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, E-mail: Ellen.Stromdahl@us.army.mil.

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