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Infection. 2017 Jun;45(3):373-376. doi: 10.1007/s15010-017-0987-2. Epub 2017 Feb 4.

Louse-borne relapsing fever in a refugee from Mali.

Author information

1
University Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, University of Brescia and Brescia Spedali Civili General Hospital, Brescia, Italy. cecigrecchi@gmail.com.
2
University Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, University of Brescia and Brescia Spedali Civili General Hospital, Brescia, Italy.
3
Infectious Diseases and Viral Hepatitis Unit, Department of Internal and Specialistic Medicine, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy.
4
SSVD of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Spedali Civili General Hospital, Brescia, Italy.
5
SC Microbiology and Virology U, AOU CDSS Molinette Hospital, Turin, Italy.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Due to the increasing number of refugees from East Africa, louse-borne relapsing fever (LBRF) has become an emergent disease in Europe. No single case of LBRF has been reported in Europe in refugees from other parts of Africa.

CASE REPORT:

We report a case of LBRF in a refugee from Mali, likely acquired in Libya, where several migration routes into Europe meet. The disease must be considered in any febrile refugee regardless the country of origin.

KEYWORDS:

Borrelia recurrentis; Europe; Fever; Libya; Louse-borne recurrentis fever; Mali; Migrants; Pediculus humanus humanus; Refugee

PMID:
28161771
DOI:
10.1007/s15010-017-0987-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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