Sample sent to PHE Porton Down RIPL referral laboratory for Rickettsia serology testing. Travel history, occupational history, and insect / animal contact history is necessary to select the correct investigations.
Rickettsia are small bacteria which are spread by insects or ticks from other animals to humans. Rickettsial infections commonly cause fever, myalgia, and rash. There are many rickettsial species which occur in different geographic locations. Therefore, exposure history, clinical manifestations, and diagnostic tests differ.
Synonyms or keywords:
Rickettsia, Typhus, Spotted fever, Orientia tsutsugamushi