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Volume 21, Number 2—February 2015

Novel Candidatus Rickettsia Species Detected in Nostril Tick from Human, Gabon, 2014

Rogelio Lopez-Velez, Ana M. Palomar, José A. Oteo, Francesca F. Norman, José A. Pérez-Molina, and Aránzazu PortilloComments to Author 
Author affiliations: University Hospital Ramón y Cajal, Madrid, Spain (R. Lopez-Velez, F.F. Norman, J.A. Pérez-Molina); Hospital San Pedro–Center of Biomedical Research of La Rioja, Logroño, Spain (A.M. Palomar, J.A. Oteo, A. Portillo)

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Maximum identities of rickettsial sequences obtained from an Amblyomma sp. tick from Gabon with validated Rickettsia spp. published in GenBank*

Gene sequence, GenBank accession no. % identity with Rickettsia spp. (basepairs)†
R. japonica, GenBank accession no. AP011533 R. heilongjiangensis, GenBank accession no. CP002912 Rickettsia sp. Davousti, GenBank accession nos. DQ402516–402517
ompB, KJ619633 97.2 (442/455) 96.9 (441/455) NA
ompB, KJ619632 96.9 (746/770) 98.3 (742/755) NA
ompA, KJ619631 96.1 (472/491) 97.2 (477/491) 99.8 (490/491)
16S rRNA, KJ619629 99.4–99.6 (1369–1373/1378) 99.3–99.6 (1368–1372/1378) NA
sca4, KJ619634 98.5 (509/517) 98.3 (508/517) NA
gltA, KJ619635 99.1 (903/911) 99.1 (903/911) 99.9 (691/692)

*The tick was removed in 2014 from the nostril of a woman who returned home to Spain after visiting Lopé National Park in Gabon. NA, not available.
†Percentages of identity with sequences of Rickettsia sp. Davousti have been also included when available due to the high level of similarity with our sequences.

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