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Brazilian spotted fever: a case series from an endemic area in southeastern Brazil: epidemiological aspects.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17114702     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Brazilian spotted fever (BSF) is the most important tick-borne disease in Brazil and is caused by Rickettsia rickettsii and transmitted by the Ixodid tick Amblyomma cajennense, its main vector. We present epidemiologic aspects of a case series of patients admitted to the Hospital das Clínicas da UNICAMP from 1985 to 2003 with a confirmed diagnosis of BSF either by a fourfold rise in indirect immunofluorescence (IFA) titers of IgG antibodies reactive with R. rickettsii or isolation of R. rickettsii from blood or skin specimens. Seasonal variation of case occurrence seems to be associated with the life cycle of the tick. The recent reemergence of cases seems to be associated with the growing numbers of the capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) and their expansion into urban areas.
Rodrigo N Angerami; Mariângela R Resende; Adriana F C Feltrin; Gizelda Katz; Elvira M Nascimento; Raquel S B Stucchi; Luiz J Silva
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences     Volume:  1078     ISSN:  0077-8923     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci.     Publication Date:  2006 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-20     Completed Date:  2007-01-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7506858     Medline TA:  Ann N Y Acad Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  170-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Rua da Urca, 354, San Conrado, Sousas, Campinas, SP Brazil.
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MeSH Terms
Age Distribution
Brazil / epidemiology
Child, Preschool
Fluorescent Antibody Technique, Indirect
Middle Aged
Rickettsia Infections / epidemiology*
Rickettsia rickettsii / isolation & purification
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever / epidemiology*

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