Rickettsia antibodies




  • This is a group of tests for typhus, scrub typhus and the spotted fevers
  • These infections are rare in the United Kingdom and are mainly seen in travellers
  • These tests are only performed after discussion with the Consultant Microbiologist
  • Rickettsial infections are notifiable diseases. Click for notification form.

Sample requirements

Serum - paired samples not normally required

8.5ml of blood taken into a plain gel tube 

8.5mL BD Vacutainer tube

Required information

  • Discuss with the Consultant Microbiologist
  • Relevant clinical details
  • Date of onset
  • Detailed travel history


Store at fridge temperature

Transport as soon as possible at ambient temperature

Turnaround time

Sent to a National Reference Centre

10 - 14 days

Page last reviewed: 25/11/2013