New species of bacteria identified that may cause disease in dogs and humans.
By Tracey Peake, November 2020

Researchers have identified a new species of Rickettsia bacteria that may cause significant disease in dogs and humans.

This new, yet-unnamed species, initially identified in three dogs, is part of the spotted-fever group Rickettsia which includes Rickettsia rickettsii, the bacteria that cause Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF).

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These poor dogs suffered from loss of appetite, lethargy, lameness, painful elbows, fever, dehydration, thrombocytopenia, and abdominal tenderness among other symptoms.  While I appreciate the authors’ desire to determine tick species and geography, these details have often been used against patients by hampering diagnosis and treatment.  We must stop trying to put this into a four-cornered box.  

Ticks and animals, including birds travel everywhere taking ticks with them.  You can get infected anytime, anywhere.

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Importantly, ..ticks can transmit infectious Rickettsia virtually as soon as they attach to the host.

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