Detection of rickettsia bellii and rickettsia amblyommii in amblyomma longirostre (Acari: Ixodidae) from Bahia state, Northeast Brazil

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Abstract

Studies investigating rickettsial infections in ticks parasitizing wild animals in the Northeast region of Brazil have been confined to the detection of Rickettsia amblyommii in immature stages of Amblyomma longirostre collected from birds in the state of Bahia, and in immatures and females of Amblyomma auricularium collected from the striped hog-nosed skunk (Conepatus semistriatus) and armadillos (Euphractus sexcinctus) in the state of Pernambuco. The current study extends the distribution of R. amblyommii (strain Aranha), which was detected in A. longirostre collected from the thin-spined porcupine Chaetomys subspinosus and the hairy dwarf porcupine Coendou insidiosus.ln addition, we report the first detection of Rickettsia bellii in adults of A. longirostre collected from C. insidiosus in the state of Bahia.

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McIntosh, D., Bezerra, R. A., Luz, H. R., Faccini, J. L. H., Gaiotto, F. A., Giné, G. A. F., & Albuquerque, G. R. (2015). Detection of rickettsia bellii and rickettsia amblyommii in amblyomma longirostre (Acari: Ixodidae) from Bahia state, Northeast Brazil. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology, 46(3), 879–883. https://doi.org/10.1590/S1517-838246320140623

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