Role of Lagomorpha in the wild cycle of Rickettsia conorii in Salamanca (Spain)
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In an endemic zone for Mediterranean spotted fever levels of antibodies to R. conorii were evaluated in serum samples from wild rabbits (Orytolagus cuniculus) and hares (Lepus granatensis) using an indirect microimmunofluorescence antibody test. The results of the study show that the wild rabbit may carry out in this area an important function in the maintenance of R. conorii in nature.
Key wordsRickettsia conorii Mediterranean spotted fever Rickettsiosis t]Epidemiology t]Serosurvey t]Lagomorpha
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