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Transovarial transmission of murine typhus rickettsiae in Xenopsylla cheopis fleas

Transovarial transmission of murine typhus rickettsiae in Xenopsylla cheopis fleas

Science 227(4686): 543-545

A laboratory study carried out in the USA showed that transovarial transmission of Rickettsia mooseri (R. prowazekii var. mooseri) occurred in artificially infected individuals of Xenopsylla cheopis. Using the direct fluorescent antibody test, R. p. mooseri was detected in the haemolymph of infected fleas. As many as 11% of adults and 2.9% of larvae of the F1 generation had demonstrable rickettsiae.

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PMID: 3966162

DOI: 10.1126/science.3966162

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