Journal article

Evidence for a specific host-endosymbiont relationship between 'Rickettsia sp genotype RF2125' and Ctenocephalides felis orientis infesting dogs in India

Sze-Fui Hii, Andrea L Lawrence, Leigh Cuttell, Rebecca Tynas, Puteri Azaziah Megat Abd Rani, Jan Slapeta, Rebecca J Traub

Parasites and Vectors | BMC | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Fleas of the genus Ctenocephalides serve as vectors for a number of rickettsial zoonoses, including Rickettsia felis. There are currently no published reports of the presence and distribution of R. felis in India, however, the ubiquitous distribution of its vector Ctenocephalides felis, makes it possible that the pathogen is endemic to the region. This study investigates the occurrence of Rickettsia spp. infection in various subspecies of C. felis infesting dogs from urban areas of Mumbai, Delhi and Rajasthan in India. METHODS: Individual fleas collected off 77 stray dogs from Mumbai, Delhi and Rajasthan were screened for Rickettsia spp. by a conventional PCR targeting the ompB g..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Financial support for this project was provided by the Australian Research Council and Bayer Animal Health. In-kind support through assistance with field-work was provided by the following Non-Government Organisations: Help in Suffering, Jaipur, Jeevaashram and Krishnaashram (Gurgeon, Delhi) and In Defence of Animals (Mumbai). Special thanks to Prof. Gatne, Mumbai Veterinary College, Dr. Vinod Sharma, Jeevasharam and Ms. Aashima Auplish for their assistance in conducting fieldwork. The paper has been sponsored by Bayer Health Care - Animal Health Division in the framework of the 10th CVBD World Forum Symposium. Professor Ian Beveridge is gratefully acknowledged for his assistance with the initial morphological identification of fleas.