Identification of a Novel Uncultured Rickettsia Species Strain (Rickettsia Species Strain Tselenti) in Cyprus

Vassilios Sandalakis Laboratory of Clinical Bacteriology, Parasitology, Zoonoses and Geographical Medicine, Medical School, University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete, Greece; Veterinary Services, Nicosia, Cyprus

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Dimosthenis Chochlakis Laboratory of Clinical Bacteriology, Parasitology, Zoonoses and Geographical Medicine, Medical School, University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete, Greece; Veterinary Services, Nicosia, Cyprus

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Ioannis Ioannou Laboratory of Clinical Bacteriology, Parasitology, Zoonoses and Geographical Medicine, Medical School, University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete, Greece; Veterinary Services, Nicosia, Cyprus

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Anna Psaroulaki Laboratory of Clinical Bacteriology, Parasitology, Zoonoses and Geographical Medicine, Medical School, University of Crete, Heraklion, Crete, Greece; Veterinary Services, Nicosia, Cyprus

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In a previous study conducted in Cyprus, various spotted fever group Rickettsia species were detected and identified in ticks by molecular analysis. Among them, a partially characterized Rickettsia species was detected in Hyalomma anatolicum excavatum and Rhipicephalus turanicus ticks. We report characterization of this rickettsial strain by using polymerase chain reaction sequencing analysis of partial citrate synthase A, outer membrane protein A, outer membrane protein B, and 17-kD protein genes. We propose a provisional name Rickettsia sp. strain Tselenti for this strain until it is isolated and further characterized.

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* Address correspondence to Anna Psaroulaki, Laboratory of Clinical Bacteriology, Parasitology, Zoonoses and Geographical Medicine, Medical School, University of Crete, Voutes, Heraklion, Crete, 71100, Greece. E-mail: annapsa@med.uoc.gr

Authors' addresses: Vassilios Sandalakis, Dimosthenis Chochlakis, and Anna Psaroulaki, Laboratory of Clinical Bacteriology, Parasitology, Zoonoses and Geographical Medicine, Medical School, University of Crete, Voutes, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, E-mails: vassand@gmail.com, surreydimos@hotmail.com, and annapsa@med.uoc.gr. Ioannis Ioannou, Veterinary Services, Nicosia, Cyprus, E-mail: gioannou@vs.moa.gov.cy.

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