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Research Article

Why Are There So Few Rickettsia conorii conorii-Infected Rhipicephalus sanguineus Ticks in the Wild?

  • Cristina Socolovschi,

    Affiliation: Faculté de Médecine, Université de la Méditerranée, Unité de Recherche en Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales Emergentes (URMITE), UMR CNRS-IRD 6236, WHO Collaborative Center for Rickettsial Diseases and Other Arthropod-Borne Bacterial Diseases, Marseille, France

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  • Jean Gaudart,

    Affiliation: Biostatistic Research Unit, LERTIM, EA 3283 Aix-Marseille University, Faculty of Medicine, Marseille, France

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  • Idir Bitam,

    Affiliation: Service d'Ecologie et des Systèmes Vectoriels, Institut Pasteur d'Algérie, Algiers, Algeria

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  • Thi Phong Huynh,

    Affiliation: Faculté de Médecine, Université de la Méditerranée, Unité de Recherche en Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales Emergentes (URMITE), UMR CNRS-IRD 6236, WHO Collaborative Center for Rickettsial Diseases and Other Arthropod-Borne Bacterial Diseases, Marseille, France

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  • Didier Raoult,

    Affiliation: Faculté de Médecine, Université de la Méditerranée, Unité de Recherche en Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales Emergentes (URMITE), UMR CNRS-IRD 6236, WHO Collaborative Center for Rickettsial Diseases and Other Arthropod-Borne Bacterial Diseases, Marseille, France

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  • Philippe Parola mail

    philippe.parola@univmed.fr

    Affiliation: Faculté de Médecine, Université de la Méditerranée, Unité de Recherche en Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales Emergentes (URMITE), UMR CNRS-IRD 6236, WHO Collaborative Center for Rickettsial Diseases and Other Arthropod-Borne Bacterial Diseases, Marseille, France

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  • Published: June 19, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0001697

About the Authors

Cristina Socolovschi, Thi Phong Huynh, Didier Raoult, Philippe Parola
Faculté de Médecine, Université de la Méditerranée, Unité de Recherche en Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales Emergentes (URMITE), UMR CNRS-IRD 6236, WHO Collaborative Center for Rickettsial Diseases and Other Arthropod-Borne Bacterial Diseases, Marseille, France
Jean Gaudart
Biostatistic Research Unit, LERTIM, EA 3283 Aix-Marseille University, Faculty of Medicine, Marseille, France
Idir Bitam
Service d'Ecologie et des Systèmes Vectoriels, Institut Pasteur d'Algérie, Algiers, Algeria

Corresponding Author

Email: philippe.parola@univmed.fr

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: CS DR PP. Performed the experiments: CS JG IB TPH PP. Analyzed the data: CS JG DR PP. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: DR PP. Wrote the paper: CS PP.