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European Journal of Epidemiology

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 136–139 | Cite as

Role of Lagomorpha in the wild cycle of Rickettsia conorii in Salamanca (Spain)

  • R. Ruiz-Beltrán
  • J. I. Herrero-Herrero
  • A. M. Martín-Sanchez
  • L. A. Criado-Gutiérrez
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Abstract

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 words

Rickettsia conorii Mediterranean spotted fever Rickettsiosis t]Epidemiology t]Serosurvey t]Lagomorpha 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Ruiz-Beltrán
    • 1
  • J. I. Herrero-Herrero
    • 1
  • A. M. Martín-Sanchez
    • 2
  • L. A. Criado-Gutiérrez
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MedicineUniversity HospitalSalamancaSpain
  2. 2.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity HospitalSalamancaSpain

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