Foreign tick smuggling rickettsia evades Australian border control

Sadid F Khan, Mythili Tadepalli, John Stenos, Stephen R Graves and Tony M Korman
Med J Aust 2018; 208 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja17.01201
Published online: 18 June 2018

Tick-borne infectious diseases, including rickettsial infections, acquired in Australia or after international travel remain a diagnostic challenge.1

  • 1 Monash Health, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Australian Rickettsial Reference Laboratory, Barwon Health, Geelong, VIC
  • 3 Australian Rickettsial Reference Laboratory, Newcastle, NSW
  • 4 Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, VIC


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