Rickettsia

Chapter

Abstract

Rickettsial diseases are often undiagnosed because the treating doctor doesn’t consider it as part of the differential diagnosis, especially in Australia. A travel history is often helpful. For example, scrub typhus (Orientia tsutsugamushi) is only present in northern, tropical Australia; returning sick from a southern African game park may be due to African Tick Typhus (Rickettsia africae), following tick bites.

Keywords

Scrub Typhus Nucleic Acid Amplification Test Spot Fever Group Rickettsial Disease Typhus Group 
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Reference

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    Stenos J, Graves SR, Unsworth NB (2005) A highly sensitive and specific PCR assay for the detection of spotted fever and typhus group rickettsiae. Am J Trop Med Hyg 73(6):1083–1085PubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australian Rickettsial Reference LaboratoryBarwon Biomedical Research, The Geelong HospitalGeelongAustralia
  2. 2.Division of Verterinary and Biomedical ScienceMurdoch UniversityMurdochAustralia
  3. 3.Microbiology, Hunter Area Pathology Service (HAPS)NewcastleAustralia
  4. 4.Australian Rickettsial Reference Laboratory (ARRL)Barwon Biomedical Research, The Geelong HospitalGeelongAustralia
  5. 5.Australian Rickettsial Reference Laboratory (ARRL)Barwon Biomedical Research, The Geelong HospitalGeelongAustralia

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