Rickettsia asembonensis Characterization by Multilocus Sequence Typing of Complete Genes, Peru

Emerg Infect Dis. 2018 May;24(5):931-933. doi: 10.3201/eid2405.170323.


While studying rickettsial infections in Peru, we detected Rickettsia asembonensis in fleas from domestic animals. We characterized 5 complete genomic regions (17kDa, gltA, ompA, ompB, and sca4) and conducted multilocus sequence typing and phylogenetic analyses. The molecular isolate from Peru is distinct from the original R. asembonensis strain from Kenya.

Keywords: Peru; Rickettsia; Rickettsia asembonensis; ectoparasites; fleas; multilocussequence typing; next-generation sequencing; parasites; vector-borne infections; zoonoses.

Publication types

  • Letter
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • DNA, Bacterial / genetics*
  • Multilocus Sequence Typing*
  • Peru
  • Phylogeny
  • Rickettsia / classification
  • Rickettsia / genetics*
  • Rickettsia / isolation & purification*
  • Siphonaptera / microbiology


  • DNA, Bacterial