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Detection of rickettsioses and Q fever in Sri Lanka.
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PMID:  22492158     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
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    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  711-2     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Université de la Méditerranée, URMITE UMR, CNRS-IRD, Faculté de Médecine et de Pharmacie, Marseille, France.
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MeSH Terms
Bites and Stings / microbiology
Coxiella burnetii / isolation & purification,  pathogenicity
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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