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

Megan E. Reller, Champica Bodinayake, Ajith Nagahawatte, Vasantha Devasiri, Wasantha Kodikara-Arachichi, John J. Strouse, Judith E. Flom, Truls Østbye, Christopher W. Woods, J. Stephen Dumler

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)825-829
Number of pages5
JournalEmerging infectious diseases
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Reller, M. E., Bodinayake, C., Nagahawatte, A., Devasiri, V., Kodikara-Arachichi, W., Strouse, J. J., Flom, J. E., Østbye, T., Woods, C. W., & Dumler, J. S. (2012). Unsuspected rickettsioses among patients with acute febrile Illness, Sri Lanka, 2007. Emerging infectious diseases, 18(5), 825-829. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid1805/111563