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The use of eschar swabs for the diagnosis of African tick-bite fever

Authors
Publisher
Elsevier GmbH
Volume
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.ttbdis.2012.10.018
Keywords
  • Swab
  • Eschar
  • African Tick-Bite Fever
  • Rickettsia Africae
  • Pcr
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract African tick-bite fever (ATBF) caused by Rickettsia africae is a frequent cause of fever in returned travelers. Here, we used eschar swabs and/or eschar crust samples for the molecular diagnosis of ATBF in returned travelers. In 4 of 5 patients returning from South Africa, including 3 with negative serology, R. africae was identified by molecular tools targeting 2 different genes. The findings of this study highlight the usefulness of eschar swabs and/or eschar crust samples for the diagnosis of R. africae infection.

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