Rickettsia sibirica infection in members of scientific expeditions to northern Asia

Matthew R. Lewin, Donald Bouyer, David Walker, Daniel M. Musher

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

22 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The risk of acquiring North Asian tick typhus (infection by Rickettsia sibirica) during travel to regions of Asia where this disease is endemic is unknown. We investigated prospectively 13 paleontologists on expedition to Mongolia. Four paleontologists had acute illness characterised by fever, rash, headache, and lymphadenopathy. All had IgM and IgG antibodies to R sibirica. Paleontologists with no illness and people who went on expeditions in other parts of the world did not have antibodies to R sibirica. Only two of the four infected persons were aware of tick bites. Travellers to regions endemic for R sibirica are at risk of contracting North Asian tick typhus even in the absence of recognised tick-bites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1201-1202
Number of pages2
JournalLancet
Volume362
Issue number9391
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 11 2003

Fingerprint

Rickettsia Infections
Northern Asia
Tick Bites
Epidemic Louse-Borne Typhus
Expeditions
Ticks
Mongolia
Endemic Diseases
Antibodies
Exanthema
Immunoglobulin M
Headache
Fever
Immunoglobulin G

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

Cite this

Rickettsia sibirica infection in members of scientific expeditions to northern Asia. / Lewin, Matthew R.; Bouyer, Donald; Walker, David; Musher, Daniel M.

In: Lancet, Vol. 362, No. 9391, 11.10.2003, p. 1201-1202.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lewin, Matthew R. ; Bouyer, Donald ; Walker, David ; Musher, Daniel M. / Rickettsia sibirica infection in members of scientific expeditions to northern Asia. In: Lancet. 2003 ; Vol. 362, No. 9391. pp. 1201-1202.
@article{1aee01715c8c47dbacb760b348ebe149,
title = "Rickettsia sibirica infection in members of scientific expeditions to northern Asia",
abstract = "The risk of acquiring North Asian tick typhus (infection by Rickettsia sibirica) during travel to regions of Asia where this disease is endemic is unknown. We investigated prospectively 13 paleontologists on expedition to Mongolia. Four paleontologists had acute illness characterised by fever, rash, headache, and lymphadenopathy. All had IgM and IgG antibodies to R sibirica. Paleontologists with no illness and people who went on expeditions in other parts of the world did not have antibodies to R sibirica. Only two of the four infected persons were aware of tick bites. Travellers to regions endemic for R sibirica are at risk of contracting North Asian tick typhus even in the absence of recognised tick-bites.",
author = "Lewin, {Matthew R.} and Donald Bouyer and David Walker and Musher, {Daniel M.}",
year = "2003",
month = "10",
day = "11",
doi = "10.1016/S0140-6736(03)14515-1",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "362",
pages = "1201--1202",
journal = "The Lancet",
issn = "0140-6736",
publisher = "Elsevier Limited",
number = "9391",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Rickettsia sibirica infection in members of scientific expeditions to northern Asia

AU - Lewin, Matthew R.

AU - Bouyer, Donald

AU - Walker, David

AU - Musher, Daniel M.

PY - 2003/10/11

Y1 - 2003/10/11

N2 - The risk of acquiring North Asian tick typhus (infection by Rickettsia sibirica) during travel to regions of Asia where this disease is endemic is unknown. We investigated prospectively 13 paleontologists on expedition to Mongolia. Four paleontologists had acute illness characterised by fever, rash, headache, and lymphadenopathy. All had IgM and IgG antibodies to R sibirica. Paleontologists with no illness and people who went on expeditions in other parts of the world did not have antibodies to R sibirica. Only two of the four infected persons were aware of tick bites. Travellers to regions endemic for R sibirica are at risk of contracting North Asian tick typhus even in the absence of recognised tick-bites.

AB - The risk of acquiring North Asian tick typhus (infection by Rickettsia sibirica) during travel to regions of Asia where this disease is endemic is unknown. We investigated prospectively 13 paleontologists on expedition to Mongolia. Four paleontologists had acute illness characterised by fever, rash, headache, and lymphadenopathy. All had IgM and IgG antibodies to R sibirica. Paleontologists with no illness and people who went on expeditions in other parts of the world did not have antibodies to R sibirica. Only two of the four infected persons were aware of tick bites. Travellers to regions endemic for R sibirica are at risk of contracting North Asian tick typhus even in the absence of recognised tick-bites.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0141918804&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0141918804&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/S0140-6736(03)14515-1

DO - 10.1016/S0140-6736(03)14515-1

M3 - Article

VL - 362

SP - 1201

EP - 1202

JO - The Lancet

JF - The Lancet

SN - 0140-6736

IS - 9391

ER -