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Stenos, J., Graves, S. and Izzard, L. (2010) Rickettsia. In: Schuller, M., Sloots, T., James, G., Halliday, C. and Carter, I., (eds.) PCR for Clinical Microbiology: An Australian and International Perspective. Springer, New York, pp. 197-199.


Rickettsial diseases are often undiagnosed because the treating doctor doesn't consider it as part of the differential diagnosis, especially in Australia. A travel history is often helpful. For example, scrub typhus (Orientia tsutsugamushi) is only present in northern, tropical Australia; returning sick from a southern African game park may be due to African Tick Typhus (Rickettsia africae), following tick bites.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Springer
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