Submitted to: Journal of Vector Ecology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/3/2008
Publication Date: 6/20/2008
Publication URL: http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/55851
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).