Rickettsia and Bartonella species in fleas from Reunion Island

Publié le 1 Mars 2015
Mis à jour le 5 juillet 2019

Rickettsia felis, Rickettsia typhi, and Bartonella DNA was detected by molecular tools in 12% of Rattus rattus fleas (Xenopsylla species) collected from Reunion Island. One-third of the infested commensal rodents captured during 1 year carried at least one infected flea. As clinical signs of these zoonoses are non-specific, they are often misdiagnosed.

Auteur : Dieme C, Parola P, Guernier V, Lagadec E, Le Minter G, Balleydier E, Pages F, Dellagi K, Tortosa P, Raoult D, Socolovschi C
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2015, vol. 92, n°. 3, p. 617-9