Suspected and Confirmed Vector-Borne Rickettsioses of North America Associated with Human Diseases

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2018
Authors:M. Hardstone_Yoshimizu, Billeter S. A.
Journal:Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease
Pagination:17 pp
Date Published:Jan 2018
Keywords:arthropods, fleas, lice, mites, North America, rickettiosis, Rickettsia, ticks

he identification of pathogenic rickettsial agents has expanded over the last two decades. In North America, the majority of human cases are caused by tick-borne rickettsioses but rickettsiae transmitted by lice, fleas, mites and other arthropods are also responsible for clinical disease. Symptoms are generally nonspecific or mimic other infectious diseases; therefore, diagnosis and treatment may be delayed. While infection with most rickettsioses is relatively mild, delayed diagnosis and treatment may lead to increased morbidity and mortality. This review will discuss the ecology, epidemiology and public health importance of suspected and confirmed vector-transmitted Rickettsia species of North America associated with human diseases.

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