European Journal of Epidemiology

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 109–111

Domestic cats as indicators of the presence of spotted fever and typhus group rickettsiae

  • Linda Matthewman
  • Patrick Kelly
  • Diane Hayter
  • Susan Downie
  • Kylie Wray
  • Nigel Bryson
  • Andrew Rycroft
  • Didier Raoult
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1007375718204

Cite this article as:
Matthewman, L., Kelly, P., Hayter, D. et al. Eur J Epidemiol (1997) 13: 109. doi:10.1023/A:1007375718204

Abstract

Using indirect immunofluorescence assays, sera from cats in Zimbabwe (n = 119) and South Africa (n = 52) were found to contain antibodies reactive with Rickettsia conorii (34% and 19% respectively) and R. typhi (7% and 10% respectively). These results indicate that cats may become infected with members of the spotted fever and typhus groups of rickettsiae and that cats can, therefore, be used as indicators of the presence of these organisms.

Cats Rickettsiae Serosurvey Southern Africa 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda Matthewman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Patrick Kelly
    • 2
    • 3
  • Diane Hayter
    • 2
  • Susan Downie
    • 2
  • Kylie Wray
    • 3
  • Nigel Bryson
    • 4
  • Andrew Rycroft
    • 1
  • Didier Raoult
    • 5
  1. 1.The Royal Veterinary CollegeUniversity of LondonHertfordshireUK
  2. 2.Faculty of Veterinary ScienceUniversity of ZimbabweHarareZimbabwe
  3. 3.Biomedical Research and Training InstituteHarareZimbabwe
  4. 4.Faculty of Veterinary ScienceMedical University of Southern AfricaRepublic of South Africa
  5. 5.Faculté de MédecineUnité des RickettsiesMarseilleFrance

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