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Clin Infect Dis. 2013 Jun;56(12):e105-107. doi: 10.1093/cid/cit177. Epub 2013 Mar 19.

A confirmed Ehrlichia ewingii infection likely acquired through platelet transfusion.

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Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA. jregan@cdc.gov

Abstract

Ehrlichiosis is a tick-borne disease that ranges in severity from asymptomatic infection to fatal sepsis. Ehrlichiosis acquired from transfusion of blood products has not been documented in the literature to date. A case of Ehrlichia ewingii infection likely transmitted by transfusion of leukoreduced platelets is described, and public health implications are discussed.

KEYWORDS:

ehrlichiosis; leukoreduction; tick-borne; transfusion

PMID:
23511303
DOI:
10.1093/cid/cit177
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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