An increase in human cases of spotted fever rickettsiosis in Yucatan, Mexico, involving children

Jorge E. Zavala-Castro, Karla R. Dzul-Rosado, Juan José Arias León, David Walker, Jorge E. Zavala-Velázquez

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Abstract

The first human case of infection caused by Rickettsia in Yucatan was detected in 1996, and it was determined that the species was R. felis. Since then, passive epidemiologic surveillance was implemented to search for human cases in the public hospitals of the state, and in 2005, the first human case of Rocky Mountain spotted fever was detected. During the following 2 years, eight new confirmed cases and one probable case were identified. Seven cases involved children younger than 12 years of age, with a fatal outcome in three of the cases. Children are a particularly vulnerable population for this serious emerging infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)907-910
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume79
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2008

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Fever
Rickettsia Infections
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Felis
Epidemiological Monitoring
Fatal Outcome
Public Hospitals
Vulnerable Populations
Infection

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  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology

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Zavala-Castro, J. E., Dzul-Rosado, K. R., León, J. J. A., Walker, D., & Zavala-Velázquez, J. E. (2008). An increase in human cases of spotted fever rickettsiosis in Yucatan, Mexico, involving children. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 79(6), 907-910.

An increase in human cases of spotted fever rickettsiosis in Yucatan, Mexico, involving children. / Zavala-Castro, Jorge E.; Dzul-Rosado, Karla R.; León, Juan José Arias; Walker, David; Zavala-Velázquez, Jorge E.

In: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol. 79, No. 6, 12.2008, p. 907-910.

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Zavala-Castro, JE, Dzul-Rosado, KR, León, JJA, Walker, D & Zavala-Velázquez, JE 2008, 'An increase in human cases of spotted fever rickettsiosis in Yucatan, Mexico, involving children', American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, vol. 79, no. 6, pp. 907-910.
Zavala-Castro, Jorge E. ; Dzul-Rosado, Karla R. ; León, Juan José Arias ; Walker, David ; Zavala-Velázquez, Jorge E. / An increase in human cases of spotted fever rickettsiosis in Yucatan, Mexico, involving children. In: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2008 ; Vol. 79, No. 6. pp. 907-910.
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