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1 January 2008 Detection of Rickettsia helvetica DNA from Peripheral Blood of Sika Deer (Cervus nippon yesoensis) in Japan
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Partial nucleotide sequences of the citrate synthase and 17-kDa genes of Rickettsia helvetica were detected from peripheral blood samples of Sika deer (Cervus nippon yesoensis) in Hokkaido, Japan. Results suggest the presence of a rickettsiemia associated with R. helvetica. This is the first evidence of R. helvetica infection in Sika deer and indicates that this species may represent a potential reservoir host of R. helvetica in Japan.

Inokuma, Seino, Suzuki, Kaji, Takahashi, Igota, and Inoue: Detection of Rickettsia helvetica DNA from Peripheral Blood of Sika Deer (Cervus nippon yesoensis) in Japan
Hisashi Inokuma, Nobutaka Seino, Masatsugu Suzuki, Koichi Kaji, Hiroshi Takahashi, Hiromasa Igota and Satoshi Inoue "Detection of Rickettsia helvetica DNA from Peripheral Blood of Sika Deer (Cervus nippon yesoensis) in Japan," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 44(1), (1 January 2008). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-44.1.164
Received: 4 October 2006; Accepted: ; Published: 1 January 2008
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