Unsuspected rickettsioses among patients with acute febrile Illness, Sri Lanka, 2007

Journal Article

We studied rickettsioses in southern Sri Lanka. Of 883 febrile patients with paired serum samples, 156 (17.7%) had acute rickettsioses; rickettsioses were unsuspected at presentation. Additionally, 342 (38.7%) had exposure to spotted fever and/or typhus group rickettsioses and 121 (13.7%) scrub typhus. Increased awareness of rickettsioses and better tests are needed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Reller, ME; Bodinayake, C; Nagahawatte, A; Devasiri, V; Kodikara-Arachichi, W; Strouse, JJ; Flom, JE; Østbye, T; Woods, CW; Dumler, JS

Published Date

  • 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 825 - 829

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1080-6040

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3201/eid1805/111563