Edited by Edited by Karim E. Hechemy (New York State Department of Health, Albany, NY), Tatjana Avsic-Zupanc (Institute of Microbiology and Immunology, Ljubljana, Slovenia), and James E. Childs (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA)
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Published: June 2003

Volume 990

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Rickettsial diseases, which include typhus, spotted fever, trench fever, and Q fever, are very serious infectious diseases. Rickettsial organisms also are of interest to researchers because they have been used as bioweapons, and can serve as agents for bioterrorism. In addition, the rickettsiae are biologically very successful organisms despite their relatively small genome. The papers in this volume include state-of-the-art discussions of functional genomics, proteomics, epidemiology, ecology, and clinical and diagnostic medicine relative to the rickettsiae.