Rickettsia akari

Rickettsia akari

Rickettsia akari
Scientific classification
Domain: Bacteria
Phylum: Proteobacteria
Class: Alphaproteobacteria
Order: Rickettsiales
Family: Rickettsiaceae
Genus: Rickettsia
Species: R. acari
Binomial name
Rickettsia acari

Rickettsia akari is a species of Rickettsia which causes rickettsialpox.[1][2]

After a 1946 outbreak of a rickettsial-type disease at an apartment complex in [3]

The organism was given its name by physician Robert Huebner, one of the scientists who had tracked down the source of the original 1946 epidemic; the akari portion of the bacteria's name represents the Greek word for "mite". [4]

While active efforts to exterminate mice from buildings has greatly reduced recurrences of the diseases, a July 2002 report from the voles in Korea.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "rickettsialpox" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
  2. ^ Mayer, Gene. "Bacteriology: Ch. 21: Rickettsia, Orientia, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, Coxiella and Bartonella". Microbiology and Immunology On-line. University of South Carolina School of Medicine. 
  3. ^ Greenberg M, Pellitteri OJ, Jellison WL (July 1947). "Rickettsialpox-A Newly Recognized Rickettsial Disease : III. Epidemiology" (PDF).  
  4. ^ Beeman, Edward A. (2005). "Robert J. Huebner, M.D.:A Virologist’s Odyssey" (PDF).  
  5. ^ Krusell A, Comer JA, Sexton DJ (July 2002). "Rickettsialpox in North Carolina: a case report". Emerging Infect. Dis. 8 (7): 727–8.  
  • "Rickettsia akari". NCBI Taxonomy Browser. 786.