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Emerging Tick-Borne Bacterial Pathogens

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  • Authors: Tahar Kernif1,2, Hamza Leulmi3,4, Didier Raoult5, Philippe Parola6
  • Editors: W. Michael Scheld7, James M. Hughes8, Richard J. Whitley9
    Affiliations: 1: Aix Marseille Université, Unité de Recherche sur les Maladies Infectieuses Transmissibles et Emergentes (URMITE), UM63, CNRS 7278, IRD 198, Inserm 1095, Faculté de Médecine, 13385 Marseille cedex 5, France; 2: Institut Pasteur d’Algérie, Algiers, Algeria; 3: Aix Marseille Université, Unité de Recherche sur les Maladies Infectieuses Transmissibles et Emergentes (URMITE), UM63, CNRS 7278, IRD 198, Inserm 1095, Faculté de Médecine, 13385 Marseille cedex 5, France; 4: Ecole Nationale Supérieure Vétérinaire d’Alger, El Aliya Alger, Algérie; 5: Aix Marseille Université, Unité de Recherche sur les Maladies Infectieuses Transmissibles et Emergentes (URMITE), UM63, CNRS 7278, IRD 198, Inserm 1095, Faculté de Médecine, 13385 Marseille cedex 5, France; 6: Aix Marseille Université, Unité de Recherche sur les Maladies Infectieuses Transmissibles et Emergentes (URMITE), UM63, CNRS 7278, IRD 198, Inserm 1095, Faculté de Médecine, 13385 Marseille cedex 5, France; 7: Department of Infectious Diseases, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA; 8: Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA; 9: Department of Pediatrics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
  • Source: microbiolspec June 2016 vol. 4 no. 3 doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.EI10-0012-2016
  • Received 19 January 2016 Accepted 03 February 2016 Published 03 June 2016
  • Philippe Parola, [email protected]
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    A vast number of novel tick-related microorganisms and tick-borne disease agents have been identified in the past 20 years, and more are being described due to several factors, from the curiosity of clinicians faced with unusual clinical syndromes to new tools used by microbiologists and entomologists. Borrelioses, ehrlichioses, anaplasmosis, and tick-borne rickettsial diseases are some of the emerging diseases that have been described throughout the world in recent years. In this article, we focus on the bacterial agents and diseases that have been recognized in the past 3 years and refer to major recent reviews of other recognized infections.

  • Citation: Kernif T, Leulmi H, Raoult D, Parola P. 2016. Emerging Tick-Borne Bacterial Pathogens. Microbiol Spectrum 4(3):EI10-0012-2016. doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.EI10-0012-2016.


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A vast number of novel tick-related microorganisms and tick-borne disease agents have been identified in the past 20 years, and more are being described due to several factors, from the curiosity of clinicians faced with unusual clinical syndromes to new tools used by microbiologists and entomologists. Borrelioses, ehrlichioses, anaplasmosis, and tick-borne rickettsial diseases are some of the emerging diseases that have been described throughout the world in recent years. In this article, we focus on the bacterial agents and diseases that have been recognized in the past 3 years and refer to major recent reviews of other recognized infections.

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Tick-borne spotted fever group agents of human diseases and new data published in the last 2 years

Source: microbiolspec June 2016 vol. 4 no. 3 doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.EI10-0012-2016

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