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Molecular evidence of Rickettsia felis infection in dogs from northern territory, Australia

Sze-Fui Hii1*, Steven R Kopp1, Mary F Thompson1, Caroline A O'Leary1, Robert L Rees2 and Rebecca J Traub1

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1 School of Veterinary Science, The University of Queensland, Gatton, Queensland, 4343 Australia

2 Bayer Animal Health Tingalpa, Brisbane, Queensland, 4343 Australia

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Parasites & Vectors 2011, 4:198  doi:10.1186/1756-3305-4-198

Published: 11 October 2011

Abstract

The prevalence of spotted fever group rickettsial infection in dogs from a remote indigenous community in the Northern Territory (NT) was determined using molecular tools. Blood samples collected from 130 dogs in the community of Maningrida were subjected to a spotted fever group (SFG)-specific PCR targeting the ompB gene followed by a Rickettsia felis-specific PCR targeting the gltA gene of R. felis. Rickettsia felis ompB and gltA genes were amplified from the blood of 3 dogs. This study is the first report of R. felis infection in indigenous community dogs in NT.