Caso probable de fiebre manchada (Rickettsia felis) transmitida por pulgas

Translated title of the contribution: Probable case of flea-borne spotted fever (Rickettsia felis)

Álvaro A. Faccini-Martínez, Elkin G. Forero-Becerra, Jesús A. Cortés-Vecino, Luis J. Polo-Teran, Jorge H. Jácome, Jimmy J. Vargas, Gustavo Valbuena, Marylin Hidalgo

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Rickettsia felis is the etiologic agent of flea-borne spotted fever, with Ctenocephalides felis as its main vector and reservoir. Typically, the disease presents as acute fever associated with headache, asthenia, generalized maculo-papular rash, and in some cases, an inoculation eschar. In recent years, R. felis has acquired an important role in the etiology of the acute febrile syndrome; it is indeed an emerging infectious disease, albeit underdiagnosed. Indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) is currently the reference diagnostic method. However, this technique has limitations related to the cross reactivity among different species of rickettsiae. Herein, we describe a case of a 16 year-old patient with an acute febrile syndrome secondary to probable infection with R. felis.

Translated title of the contributionProbable case of flea-borne spotted fever (Rickettsia felis)
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)9-13
Number of pages5
Issue numberSUPPL.1
StatePublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Case studies
  • Colombia
  • Fever
  • Rickettsia felis
  • Rickettsia infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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