THE EPIDEMIOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE OF ECTOPARASITES OF BIRDS IN A NATURAL FOCUS OF Q FEVER IN SOUTHERN CENTRAL ASIA,
NAVAL MEDICAL RESEARCH UNIT NO 3 CAIRO (EGYPT) DEPT OF MEDICAL ZOOLOGY
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Data are presented concerning research on the transportation of ectoparasites by birds spontaneously infected by rickettsiae in agricultural zones of the desert. The inhabited locality where this work was carried out was situated in the valley of the river Kashka-Darya. The relief of this area is covered by natural dunes and a great number of old dried up and active irrigation ditches with high embankments. The soil is covered with sedge, meadow grass, wormwood, cereal grasses, and alghi.