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Mediterranean spotted fever and encephalitis: a case report and review of the literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21879306     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Mediterranean spotted fever (MSF) is a disease caused by Rickettsia conorii and transmitted by the brown dog tick Rhipicephalus sanguineus. It is widely distributed through southern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. It is an emerging or a reemerging disease in some regions. Countries of the Mediterranean basin, such as Portugal, have noticed an increased incidence of MSF over the past 10 years. It was believed that MSF was a benign disease associated with a mortality rate of 1-3% before the antimicrobial drug era. It was called benign summer typhus. Severe forms were described in 1981, and the mortality rate reached 32% in Portugal in 1997. However, neurological manifestations associated with brain lesions are a rare event. We describe the case of a man with fever, maculopapular rash, a black spot, and hemisensory loss including the face on the left side of the body with brain lesions in the imaging studies.
Authors:
Vitor Duque; Conceição Ventura; Diana Seixas; Arnaldo Barai; Nuno Mendonça; Joana Martins; Saraiva da Cunha; António Meliço-Silvestre
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-8-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of infection and chemotherapy : official journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1437-7780     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-8-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9608375     Medline TA:  J Infect Chemother     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Serviço de Doenças Infecciosas, Hospitais da Universidade de Coimbra, EPE, Avenida Bissaya Barreto e Praceta Prof. Mota Pinto, 3000-075, Coimbra, Portugal, duque.vitor@gmail.com.
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