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rickettsia lusitaniae associated with ornithodoros yumatensis (acari: argasidae) from two caves in yucatan, mexico.the genus rickettsia includes obligate intracellular bacteria transmitted by several hematophagous arthropods such as ticks, fleas and sucking lice. in particular hard ticks (ixodidae) have been cited as the main vectors of pathogenic rickettsiae in mexico. however, there have been only two records of a single rickettsia species associated with mexican soft ticks (argasidae). in this study, we searched for rickettsial dna in argasid ticks (13 adults and eight nymphs of ornithodoros yumatensis) f ...201627639933
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