Fatal human infection with Rickettsia rickettsii, Yucatán, Mexico

Jorge E. Zavala-Castro, Jorge E. Zavala-Velázquez, David H. Walker, Edgar E. Ruiz Arcila, Hugo Laviada-Molina, Juan P. Olano, José A. Ruiz-Sosa, Melissa A. Small, Karla R. Dzul-Rosado

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The first fatal Rickettsia rickettsii infection was diagnosed in the southwest of Mexico. The patient had fever, erythematous rash, abdominal pain, and severe central nervous system involvement with convulsive crisis. The diagnosis of R. rickettsii infection was established by immunohistochemistry and specific polymerase chain reaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)672-674
Number of pages3
JournalEmerging infectious diseases
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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