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Volume 28, Number 9—September 2022

Detection of Endosymbiont Candidatus Midichloria mitochondrii and Tickborne Pathogens in Humans Exposed to Tick Bites, Italy

Giovanni Sgroi1, Roberta Iatta1, Piero Lovreglio, Angela Stufano, Younes Laidoudi, Jairo Alfonso Mendoza-Roldan, Marcos Antonio Bezerra-Santos, Vincenzo Veneziano, Francesco Di Gennaro, Annalisa Saracino, Maria Chironna, Claudio Bandi, and Domenico OtrantoComments to Author 
Author affiliations: University of Bari Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy (G. Sgroi, R. Iatta, P. Lovreglio, A. Stufano, Y. Laidoudi, J.A. Mendoza-Roldan, M.A. Bezerra-Santos, F. Di Gennaro, A. Saracino, M. Chironna, D. Otranto); University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy (V. Veneziano); Osservatorio Faunistico Venatorio, Naples (V. Veneziano); University of Milan Statale, Milan, Italy (C. Bandi); Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran (D. Otranto)

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Table 3

Clinical findings in 13 patients tested positive for tickborne pathogens, Italy, 2021*

Patient no.
Tickborne pathogens detected
Clinical findings
Axillary lymphadenomegaly
1 Rickettsia raoultii* N Y N N N
2 Rickettsia spp.† N N N N Y
3 Coxiella burnetii N Y Y Y N
4 Borrelia lusitaniae* N N Y Y N
5 Borrelia spp.† N N Y Y N
6 Rickettsia spp.† N Y Y Y N
7 Rickettsia spp.† N N Y N N
8 B. lusitaniae* N N Y Y N
9 Rickettsia spp.† N N Y Y Y
10 Rickettsia spp.† N N Y Y N
11 C. burnetii N Y N N N
12 Borrelia spp.†, Rickettsia spp.†, B. lusitaniae* Y‡ N Y N N
13 R. raoultii* N N N N

*Pathogen detected by PCR. †Pathogen detected by serology. ‡Maculopapular rash. §Erythematous macular rash.

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1These authors contributed equally to this article.

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