Accession Number : ADA551766


Title :   Human Infection with Rickettsia felis, Kenya


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : NAVAL MEDICAL RESEARCH CENTER SILVER SPRING MD


Personal Author(s) : Richards, Allen L ; Jiang, Ju ; Omulo, Sylvia ; Dare, Ryan ; Abdirahman, Khalif ; Ali, Abdile ; Sharif, Shanaaz K ; Feikin, Daniel R ; Breiman, Robert F ; Njenga, M K


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA551766


Report Date : Jul 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 7


Abstract : To determine the cause of acute febrile illnesses other than malaria in the North Eastern Province, Kenya, we investigated rickettsial infection among patients from Garissa Provincial Hospital for 23 months during 2006-2008. Nucleic acid preparations of serum from 6 (3. 7%) of 163 patients were positive for rickettsial DNA as determined by a genus specific quantitative real-time PCR and were subsequently confirmed by molecular sequencing to be positive for Rickettsia felis. The 6 febrile patients' symptoms included headache; nausea; and muscle, back, and joint pain. None of the patients had a skin rash.


Descriptors :   *DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACIDS , *INFECTIOUS DISEASES , *MALARIA , *PAIN , *RICKETTSIA , ARTHROPODA , DISEASE VECTORS , FEVERS , GRAM NEGATIVE BACTERIA , HEADACHES , HOSTS(BIOLOGY) , MUSCLES , PATIENTS , SKIN DISEASES , VERTEBRATES , WOUNDS AND INJURIES


Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Microbiology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE