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Pediatr Emerg Care. 2011 Feb;27(2):141-7; quiz 148-50. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e318209f0b3.

Tick-borne illnesses: a CME update.

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  • 1Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, BC Children's Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia, Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Abstract

North American tick-borne illnesses are a group of important emerging diseases whose incidence has been increasing for the past decade. Emergency physicians may be the first contact for patients with symptoms of tick-borne illness, thus it is important that these diseases remain on a physicians' differential diagnosis when presented with an appropriate clinical presentation. This CME activity provides an overview of the most common tick-borne illnesses in North America and will help physicians evaluate their clinical presentation, order appropriate diagnostic tests, develop pediatric treatment recommendations, and prepare to include tick-borne illnesses in the differential diagnosis of pediatric patients presenting with multisystem disease.

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