Translator Disclaimer
19 May 2021 Carios kelleyi (Acari: Ixodida: Argasidae) Infected With Rickettsial Agents Documented Infesting Housing in Kansas, United States
Robyn M. Nadolny, Ashley C. Kennedy, James M. Rodgers, Zachary T. Vincent, Hannah Cornman, Scott A. Haynes, Cory Casal, Richard G. Robbins, Allen L. Richards, Ju Jiang, Christina M. Farris
Author Affiliations +
Abstract

During September–December 2018, 25 live ticks were collected on-post at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in a home with a history of bat occupancy. Nine ticks were sent to the Army Public Health Center Tick-Borne Disease Laboratory and were identified as Carios kelleyi (Cooley and Kohls, 1941), a species that seldom bites humans but that may search for other sources of blood meals, including humans, when bats are removed from human dwellings. The ticks were tested for numerous agents of human disease. Rickettsia lusitaniae was identified by multilocus sequence typing to be present in two ticks, marking the first detection of this Rickettsia agent in the United States and in this species of tick. Two other Rickettsia spp. were also detected, including an endosymbiont previously associated with C. kelleyi and a possible novel Rickettsia species. The potential roles of C. kelleyi and bats in peridomestic Rickettsia transmission cycles warrant further investigation.

Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Entomological Society of America 2021. This work is written by (a) US Government employee(s) and is in the public domain in the US.
Robyn M. Nadolny, Ashley C. Kennedy, James M. Rodgers, Zachary T. Vincent, Hannah Cornman, Scott A. Haynes, Cory Casal, Richard G. Robbins, Allen L. Richards, Ju Jiang, and Christina M. Farris "Carios kelleyi (Acari: Ixodida: Argasidae) Infected With Rickettsial Agents Documented Infesting Housing in Kansas, United States," Journal of Medical Entomology 58(6), 2398-2405, (19 May 2021). https://doi.org/10.1093/jme/tjab069
Received: 8 December 2020; Accepted: 25 March 2021; Published: 19 May 2021
JOURNAL ARTICLE
8 PAGES

This article is only available to subscribers.
It is not available for individual sale.
+ SAVE TO MY LIBRARY

Share
SHARE
KEYWORDS
bat tick
Carios kelleyi
Rickettsia lusitaniae
soft tick
spotted fever group rickettsiae
ARTICLE IMPACT
RIGHTS & PERMISSIONS
Get copyright permission
Back to Top