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Arch Argent Pediatr. 2017 Feb 1;115(1):e5-e8. doi: 10.5546/aap.2017.e5.

[Fatal case of rickettsiosis in a toddler from southeastern Mexico].

[Article in Spanish]

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1
Laboratorio de Enfermedades Emergentes y Reemergentes, Centro de Investigaciones Regionales "Dr. Hideyo Noguchi" (CIR), Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mérida, Yucatán, México. cesar.lugo@correo.uady.mx.
2
Laboratorio de Enfermedades Emergentes y Reemergentes, Centro de Investigaciones Regionales "Dr. Hideyo Noguchi" (CIR), Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mérida, Yucatán, México.
3
Unidad Médica de Alta Especialidad, Centro Médico Nacional "Ignacio García Téllez, IMSS".

Abstract

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a disease caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, a bacteria transmitted by infected ticks. It is characterized by fever, exanthema, arthralgias and myalgias; but sometimes its clinical presentation is non specific. Due to its similarities with other exanthematic diseases like dengue or chikungunya, Rocky Mountain spotted fever is not a first line diagnosis, even though countries like Mexico show the ecologic and socioeconomic characteristics that favor its transmission, with a 30% mortality rate among pediatric patients. This mortality rate has been associated to a delayed diagnosis and therapy, due to a poor knowledge among physicians regarding this disease; this favors the occurrence of atypical and fulminant cases. The objective of this work is to describe a fulminant case of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, expecting that this disease could be later considered among the differential diagnosis which could directly impact its mortality rate.

KEYWORDS:

Rocky Mountain spotted fever; pediatrics; rickettsia infections; tick-borne disease

PMID:
28097845
DOI:
10.5546/aap.2017.e5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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