Rickettsia helvetica: Egy növekvo jelentoségu kullancs terjesztette kórokozó hazánkban és Európában

Translated title of the contribution: Rickettsia helvetica: An emerging tick-borne pathogen in Hungary and Europe

Tamás Sréter, Lancz Zsuzsanna Sréterné, Zoltán Széll, László Egyed

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Rickettsia helvetica belonging to spotted fever group rickettsiae was recently detected by polymerase chain reaction followed by sequencing in European sheep ticks (Ixodes ricinus) from Hungary. Current knowledge on these rickettsiae and the clinical and diagnostic aspects of R. Helvetica infection is summarized. In acute cases, R. Helvetica is generally responsible for flu-like symptoms. Nevertheless, recent data indicate that in chronic cases, these rickettsiae can be responsible for perimyocarditis resulting sudden cardiac death and might play a role in the pathogenesis of aortic valve disease. The diagnosis can be based on serological, molecular and histological methods. A summary of the information available from Hungary and neighbouring countries on the prevalence of tick-borne encephalitis virus, Anaplasma, Borrelia, Francisella, Rickettsia and Babesia infections in I. ricinus is also presented.

Translated title of the contributionRickettsia helvetica: An emerging tick-borne pathogen in Hungary and Europe
Original languageHungarian
Pages (from-to)2547-2552
Number of pages6
JournalOrvosi hetilap
Issue number50
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2005

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