About Rickettsia

Available Tests for Rickettsia

Antibodies

Rickettsia conorii and Rickettsia rickettsii-antibodies
(Serum tube)

PCR

Rickettsia-DNA-PCR in blood
(2 x EDTA tube)

Bacteria:

Rickettsia conorii, R. rickettsii, R. helvetica, R. slovaca, R. prowazekii (not gram-stainable, obligatory intracellular in endothel cells)

Vector / hosts:

rodent, dogs, humans, Ixodes ricinus, Ixodes scapularis

Symptoms (incubation time: 5-7 days):

fever, lymphadenitis, exanthema

Complications (app. 13%):

peri-/myocarditis, kidney insufficiency, pneumonia, encephalitis, gastrointestinal bleedings, anemia, hepatitis, myalgia