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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: VECTOR COMPETENCE AND PROTECTION OF U.S. LIVESTOCK AND WILDLIFE FROM ARTHROPOD-BORNE DISEASES Title: Serological evidence of typhus group Rickettsia in a homeless population: Houston, Texas

Authors
item Reeves, Will
item Murray, Kristy - UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
item Meyer, Tamra - UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
item Bull, Lara - UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
item Pascua, Rhia - UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
item Holmes, Kelly - UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
item Loftis, Amanda - PRIVATE CITIZEN

Submitted to: Journal of Vector Ecology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: April 3, 2008
Publication Date: June 20, 2008
Citation: Reeves, W.K., Murray, K.O., Meyer, T.E., Bull, L.M., Pascua, R.F., Holmes, K.C., Loftis, A.D. 2008. Serological evidence of typhus group Rickettsia in a homeless population: Houston, Texas. Journal of Vector Ecology.33(1):206-208

Interpretive Summary: Sera from 176 homeless people in Houston was tested for antibodies against typhus group rickettsiae. Two had antibodies against epidemic typhus while 17 had antibodies against murine typhus.

Technical Abstract: Sera from 176 homeless people in Houston was tested for antibodies against typhus group rickettsiae (TGR). Sera from 19 homeless people were reactive to TGR antigens by ELISA and IFA. Two people had antibodies against Rickettsia prowazekii (epidemic typhus) and the remaining 17 had antibodies against Rickettsia typhi (murine typhus).

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