Rickettsia bacteria can be found in ticks and fleas, with mites and lice also considered as potential transmitters. Rickettsia have been detected in ticks in Germany as well as in Switzerland. In humans, these bacteria cause various diseases with varying sickness patterns, which have been named ‘relapsing fever infections’ (group of Rickettsioses). These include spotted fever, Rickettsia measles, Brill-Zinsser disease, Mediterranean spotted fever and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
The clinical pattern is dominated by fever, headache, numbness, a maculous exanthema (small red spots) and, in rare cases, myocarditis.
Tests offered by BCA-lab:
|Rickettsia IgG antibodies||Serum tubes|