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Abstract

A novel rickettsial agent, ‘ Rickettsia asembonensis’ strain NMRCii, was isolated from cat fleas, , from Kenya. Genotypic characterization of the new isolate based on sequence analysis of five rickettsial genes, , , , and , indicated that this isolate clustered with URRWXCal2. The degree of nucleotide similarity demonstrated that isolate NMRCii belongs within the genus and fulfils the criteria for classification as a representative of a novel species. The name sp. nov. is proposed, with NMRCii (=DSM 100172=CDC CRIRC RAS001=ATCC VR-1827) as the type strain.

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