Detection of Rickettsia aeschlimannii and Rickettsia sibirica mongolitimonae in Hyalomma marginatum (Acari: Ixodidae) ticks from Turkey
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A total of 784 (626 female, 158 male) Hyalomma marginatum Koch, 1844 ticks collected from humans in Turkey were tested for the presence of spotted fever group rickettsiae using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) targeting the citrate synthase (gltA= 381 bp) and the outer membrane protein A (ompA= 532 bp) genes, followed by sequencing analysis. Of the ticks tested, 39 were infected by Rickettsia aeschlimannii while 2 were infected by Rickettsia sibirica mongolitimonae. To our knowledge, this is the first report of R. sibirica mongolitimonae in H. marginatum ticks.