Rabies, Rickettsia and Related Zoonotic Diseases
The Rabies, Rickettsia and Related Zoonotic Diseases Section undertakes research, surveillance and diagnostic activities for rickettsial diseases, a family of bacterial pathogens that can be transmitted to humans by ticks, fleas and lice. The Section aims to reduce the risk to humans of exposure to rickettsial diseases and to enable accurate laboratory diagnosis and appropriate treatment in cases of rickettsial infection. The Rabies, Rickettsia and Related Zoonotic Diseases section performs serological and molecular diagnostic testing for rickettsial agents, including spotted fever and typhus group rickettsiae, scrub typhus and Coxiella burnetii. This section also performs a rabies serum neutralization assay for the detection of rabies virus neutralizing antibodies in humans.