- International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
- Volume 46, Issue 2
f Rickettsia africae sp. nov., the Etiological Agent of African Tick Bite Fever
- Authors: PATRICK J. KELLY, LORENZA BEATI, PETER R. MASON, LINDA A. MATTHEWMAN, VÉRONIQUE ROUX, DIDIER RAOULT*
- * Corresponding author. Mailing address: Unité des Rickettsies, Faculté de Médecine, 27, Boulevard Jean Moulin, Marseille, France. Phone: (33) 91 83 43 75. Fax: (33) 91 83 03 90. Electronic mail address: email@example.com.
- Int J Syst Evol Microbiol, April 1996 46: 611-614, doi: 10.1099/00207713-46-2-611
- Subject: Original Papers Relating To Systematic Bacteriology
- Published Online:
We propose the name Rickettsia africae sp. nov. (with type strain Z9-Hu) for a distinct species of spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsiae that is the etiological agent of African tick bite fever in humans. This rickettsia has a distinct natural cycle and can be phenotypically distinguished from the other SFG rickettsiae by microimmunofluorescence serotyping, by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, and by Western blotting (immunoblotting). Genotypic differences between R. africae and the other SFG rickettsiae can be demonstrated by PCR restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, and sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene.
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