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Detection of rickettsioses and Q fever in Sri Lanka.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22492158     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Current serological evidence suggests the presence of scrub typhus and spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsiosis in Sri Lanka. Our objective was to identify rickettsial agents/Q fever as aetiological causes for patients who were presumed having rickettsioses by the presence of an eschar or a rash. Sera from patients with unknown origin fever from Matara were tested by immunofluorescence for SFG rickettsial antigens, typhus group rickettsiae, Orientia tsutsugamushi, and Coxiella burnetii antigens. Thirteen (7.3%) of the patients presented with a rash, 11 (6.1%) had an inoculation eschar, and 16 patients recalled a tick or flea bite. We found that 25 (14%) patients had scrub typhus, 6 (3%) SFG rickettsioses, 3 (1.6%) acute Q fever, 3 (1.6%) murine typhus, and 3 (1.6%) were infected by Rickettsia felis. In addition to already described scrub and murine typhus, we found that R. felis and C. burnetii infections should be considered in Sri Lanka.
Authors:
Emmanouil Angelakis; Aruna Munasinghe; Iranga Yaddehige; Veranja Liyanapathirana; Vasanthi Thevanesam; Anne Bregliano; Cristina Socolovschi; Sophie Edouard; Pierre Edouard Fournier; Didier Raoult; Philippe Parola
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene     Volume:  86     ISSN:  1476-1645     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg.     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-04-11     Completed Date:  2012-05-30     Revised Date:  2013-06-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370507     Medline TA:  Am J Trop Med Hyg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  711-2     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Affiliation:
Université de la Méditerranée, URMITE UMR, CNRS-IRD, Faculté de Médecine et de Pharmacie, Marseille, France. angelotasmanos@msn.com
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Animals
Bites and Stings / microbiology
Coxiella burnetii / isolation & purification,  pathogenicity
Humans
Orientia tsutsugamushi / isolation & purification,  pathogenicity
Q Fever / diagnosis*,  epidemiology*,  microbiology
Retrospective Studies
Rickettsia / isolation & purification,  pathogenicity
Scrub Typhus / diagnosis*,  epidemiology*,  microbiology
Sri Lanka / epidemiology
Ticks / microbiology
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