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Emerg Infect Dis. 2011 May;17(5):883-5. doi: 10.3201/eid1705.100573.

Tick-borne relapsing fever borreliosis, rural senegal.

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Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France.

Abstract

Detecting spirochetes remains challenging in cases of African tick-borne relapsing fever. Using real-time PCR specific for the 16S rRNA Borrelia gene, we found 27 (13%) of 206 samples from febrile patients in rural Senegal to be positive, whereas thick blood smear examinations conducted at dispensaries identified only 4 (2%) as positive.

PMID:
21529402
PMCID:
PMC3321757
DOI:
10.3201/eid1705.100573
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