Studies of the rickettsias of the Typhus-Rocky-Mountain-Spotted-Fever group in South Africa. IV. Discussion and classification

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    1.The five strains of rickettsia are discussed and compared according to the criteria suggested by Pinkerton (1936). 2. It· is concluded that they fall into two groups: (a) Typhus group – endemic, murine or rat typhus. (b) Rocky Mountain spotted fever group - fievre boutonneuse, strains “Robertson”, “Appleton”, “Hare”, which are similar and show only minor strain differences. 3. A proposed nomenclature is discussed.