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Trop. Med. Infect. Dis. 2016, 1(1), 5; doi:10.3390/tropicalmed1010005

New Foci of Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiae Including Rickettsia honei in Western Australia

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Fiona Stanley Hospital, Murdoch, WA 6150, Australia
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Recherche Medical Centre, Esperance, WA 6450, Australia
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Genpar Medical Services, Esperance, WA 6450, Australia
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PathWest Laboratory Medicine, Nedlands, WA 6009, Australia
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Australian Rickettsial Reference Laboratory, Geelong, VIC 3220, Australia
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Academic Editor: John Frean
Received: 2 July 2016 / Revised: 8 August 2016 / Accepted: 12 August 2016 / Published: 17 August 2016
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Abstract

We describe the first reported case of spotted fever group rickettsiosis in Western Australia, and two cases of probable Rickettsia honei from a new geographic focus. These findings highlight the need to raise awareness of ricksettsial infection among local clinicians as well as those treating visitors to this region, important for outdoor recreation. View Full-Text
Keywords: rickettsia infections/*epidemiology/microbiology; antibodies; bacterial/*blood; tick infestations/*complications; Western Australia/epidemiology rickettsia infections/*epidemiology/microbiology; antibodies; bacterial/*blood; tick infestations/*complications; Western Australia/epidemiology
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Raby, E.; Pearn, T.; Marangou, A.G.; Merritt, A.J.; Murray, R.J.; Dyer, J.R.; Graves, S.R. New Foci of Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiae Including Rickettsia honei in Western Australia. Trop. Med. Infect. Dis. 2016, 1, 5.

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