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Rickettsia australis strain Phillips(T) was isolated in Queensland, Australia, in 1950. It is the tick-borne agent of Queensland tick typhus, a disease endemic in Australia. The 1.29-Mb genome sequence of this bacterium is highly similar to that of Rickettsia akari but contains two plasmids.


Xin Dong, Khalid El Karkouri, Catherine Robert, Didier Raoult, Pierre-Edouard Fournier. Genome sequence of Rickettsia australis, the agent of Queensland tick typhus. Journal of bacteriology. 2012 Sep;194(18):5129

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PMID: 22933759

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