Title: Mediterranean spotted fever, a diagnostic challenge in travellers
Authors: Laurent, MichaĆ«l ×
Voet, A
Libeer, c
Lambrechts, M
Van Wijngaerden, Eric #
Issue Date: Nov-2009
Publisher: Acta clinica belgica
Series Title: Acta Clinica Belgica vol:64 issue:6 pages:513-516
Abstract: Mediterranean spotted fever or boutonneuse fever is caused by Rickettsia conorii and transmitted by the brown dog tick. The commonest symptoms are pyrexia, a maculopapular rash, lymphadenopathies and a inoculation eschar. Increasingly, it is recognised as a cause of serious illness in southern Europe. Ricettsial infections of the spotted fever group are rarely reported in Belgium. We report the case of a 20-year-old traveller returning from Morocco who presented with fever and a markedly swollen inguinal lumph node. Our case report illustrates the challenges rickettsioses can pose to physicians facing febrile travellers. Awareness of the epidemiology and the spectrum of clinical manifestations of this acute zoonosis can help physicians to promptly start appropriate empiric antibiotic therapy.
ISSN: 1784-3286
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory for Clinical Infectious and Inflammatory Disorders
Gerontology and Geriatrics
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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