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Keywords:

  • Rickettsia rickettsii;
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever;
  • Rhipicephalus sanguineus;
  • dogs

Summary

In response to an outbreak of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) in Baja California in early 2009, dogs at two shelters in neighbouring Imperial County, California, were evaluated for ectoparasites. Brown dog ticks (Rhipicephalus sanguineus), a recognized vector for RMSF, were found on 35 (30%) of 116 dogs but all ticks tested negative for Rickettsia rickettsii by PCR.