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Isolation on « VERO » cells of a Spotted Fever Group Rickettsia « Mortilli strain » from Rhipicephalus sanguineus


The isolation of a Spotted Fever Group (SFG) Rickettsia « Mortilli strain » from brown dog ticks Rhipicephalu.s sanguineus removed from dogs associated with a confirmed case of Boutonneuse Fever (BF) in a site of a Western Sicily is reported. The need is stressed for isolation and adaption on cell cultures of SFG rickettsial strains for analysis of antigenic structure employing modern methodology.

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Tringali, G., Intonazzo, V., Perna, A.M. et al. Isolation on « VERO » cells of a Spotted Fever Group Rickettsia « Mortilli strain » from Rhipicephalus sanguineus . Eur J Epidemiol 2, 186–190 (1986).

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  • Spotted fever
  • Rickettsia
  • Rhipicephalus sanguineus