Rickettsial antibody profile

This is an important test that diagnoses a rickettsial infection.

Venous blood
4 tests included
4 days turnaround



About Rickettsial antibody profile

What are rickettsiae?

Rickettsiae are a group of bacteria that typically live on ticks, fleas and mites. Rickettsia typhi (murine typhus) is a type of bacteria carried by rodent fleas and Rickettsia rickettsii (Rocky Mountain spotted fever) is carried by ticks. Infections are most commonly spread by bites or contact with infected faeces.

Symptoms include fever, swollen lymph nodes, muscle pain and a rash.

Rickettsiae antibodies are produced by the body’s immune system to help fight infection against bacteria. IgM antibodies are a particular type of antibody and are the first to be produced in response to an infection offering short-term protection. IgG antibodies offer long-term protection against pathogens after initial exposure and the presence of IgG antibodies indicates immunity. This may be a result of a previous infection.  

Why take the test?

This test measures the level of Rickettsia typhi and Rickettsia rickettsii IgM and IgG antibodies in the blood to diagnose a rickettsial infection


What's tested


How it works



Purchase your Kit

Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to your door unless you are ordering a COVID-19 Fit to Fly test where you will be given appointment options to attend our clinics across the United Kingdom for a nose and throat swab PCR test at the checkout stage.



Take your test and post

Follow our simple instructions to take your sample and post back the enclosed prepaid envelope to our accredited lab for processing. We also offer home or workplace visits by a qualified nurse. For COVID-19 Fit to Fly tests you must attend one of our partner clinics for our trained collection officers to take your sample. You will then have the results emailed to you.



Get results directly to your dashboard

You will receive an email notification from our medical team when your results are available on your secure personalised health dashboard.