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Bartonella quintana and Rickettsia felis in Gabon.

Rolain JM, Bourry O, Davoust B, Raoult D - Emerging Infect. Dis. (2005)

Bottom Line: We detected Rickettsia felis DNA in Ctenocephalides felis and Bartonella quintana DNA in 3 Pulex irritans fleas taken from a pet Cercopithecus cephus monkey in Gabon, sub-Saharan Africa.This is the first report of B. quintana in the human flea.

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Affiliation: Ricksettias Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Université de la Méditerranée, 27 Boulevard Jean Moulin, 13385 Marseille CEDEX 5, France.

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We detected Rickettsia felis DNA in Ctenocephalides felis and Bartonella quintana DNA in 3 Pulex irritans fleas taken from a pet Cercopithecus cephus monkey in Gabon, sub-Saharan Africa. This is the first report of B. quintana in the human flea.

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Detection of Rickettsia felis in fleas worldwide. *This study.
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Figure 1: Detection of Rickettsia felis in fleas worldwide. *This study.

Mentions: We present here the first molecular detection of R. felis in sub-Saharan Africa, Gabon (Figure). To date, 4 species of fleas have been associated worldwide with R. felis including C. felis (3,6), C. canis (6), P. irritans (3), and Archeopsylla erinacei (4). Thus, the amplification of R. felis in the C. felis flea from the monkey was not surprising but suggests that nonhuman primates may be infected as well as humans and may represent a reservoir of R. felis. The role of mammals, including rodents, hedgehogs, cats, dogs, and monkeys, in the life cycle and circulation of R. felis remains unclear and warrants further epidemiologic studies.


Bartonella quintana and Rickettsia felis in Gabon.

Rolain JM, Bourry O, Davoust B, Raoult D - Emerging Infect. Dis. (2005)

Detection of Rickettsia felis in fleas worldwide. *This study.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 1: Detection of Rickettsia felis in fleas worldwide. *This study.
Mentions: We present here the first molecular detection of R. felis in sub-Saharan Africa, Gabon (Figure). To date, 4 species of fleas have been associated worldwide with R. felis including C. felis (3,6), C. canis (6), P. irritans (3), and Archeopsylla erinacei (4). Thus, the amplification of R. felis in the C. felis flea from the monkey was not surprising but suggests that nonhuman primates may be infected as well as humans and may represent a reservoir of R. felis. The role of mammals, including rodents, hedgehogs, cats, dogs, and monkeys, in the life cycle and circulation of R. felis remains unclear and warrants further epidemiologic studies.

Bottom Line: We detected Rickettsia felis DNA in Ctenocephalides felis and Bartonella quintana DNA in 3 Pulex irritans fleas taken from a pet Cercopithecus cephus monkey in Gabon, sub-Saharan Africa.This is the first report of B. quintana in the human flea.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Ricksettias Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Université de la Méditerranée, 27 Boulevard Jean Moulin, 13385 Marseille CEDEX 5, France.

ABSTRACT
We detected Rickettsia felis DNA in Ctenocephalides felis and Bartonella quintana DNA in 3 Pulex irritans fleas taken from a pet Cercopithecus cephus monkey in Gabon, sub-Saharan Africa. This is the first report of B. quintana in the human flea.

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