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Cover photograph (Copyright © 2010, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.): A palustrine flatwood environment in Franklin County, FL, a typical habitat for Amblyomma maculatum, the Gulf Coast tick. The Gulf Coast tick (right inset) is recognized as the primary arthropod vector of Rickettsia parkeri, an obligately intracellular pathogen (left inset; shown in Vero E6 cells), identified recently as a cause of a Rocky Mountain spotted fever-like illness in residents of the southeastern United States. (Photo of A. maculatum courtesy of James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.) (See related article on page 2689.)

Appl Environ Microbiol. 2010 May; 76(9): Cover