Rickettsial Infections Causing Acute Febrile Illness in Urban Slums, Brazil

John B. Fournier, Lucas S. Blanton, Nivison Nery, Elsio A. Wunder, Federico Costa, Mitermayer G. Reis, Guilherme S. Ribeiro, David H. Walker, Albert I. Ko

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We conducted enhanced acute febrile illness surveillance in an urban slum community in Salvador, Brazil. We found that rickettsial infection accounted for 3.5% of urgent care visits for acute fever. Our results suggest that rickettsiae might be an underrecognized, treatable cause of acute febrile illness in impoverished urban populations in Brazil.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2132-2134
Number of pages3
JournalEmerging infectious diseases
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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