Rickettsia rickettsii transmission by a lone star tick, North Carolina.
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Only indirect or circumstantial evidence has been published to support transmission of Rickettsia rickettsii by Amblyomma americanum (lone star) ticks in North America. This study provides molecular evidence that A. americanum ticks can function, although most likely infrequently, as vectors of Rocky Mountain spotted fever for humans.
Bacterial Outer Membrane Proteins
RNA, Ribosomal, 16S
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.3201/eid1705.101530
Publication InfoBreitschwerdt, Edward B; Hegarty, Barbara C; Maggi, Ricardo G; Lantos, Paul M; Aslett, Denise M; & Bradley, Julie M (2011). Rickettsia rickettsii transmission by a lone star tick, North Carolina. Emerg Infect Dis, 17(5). pp. 873-875. 10.3201/eid1705.101530. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/13967.
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Associate Professor of Medicine
I am interested in the spatial epidemiology of infectious diseases. My research utilizes geographic information systems (GIS) and geostatistical analyses to understand the spatial and spatiotemporal distribution of diseases, and their relationship with environmental and demographic factors. I currently have active studies evaluating the spatial distribution of numerous domestic and international infectious diseases, including SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), cytomegalovirus, influenza, and Lyme disease. A