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Volume 96, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645
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Abstract

Abstract

Rickettsial infections are an underrecognized cause of febrile illness in sub-Saharan Africa. To evaluate the epidemiology and clinical features of rickettsial disease in pediatric patients in Ghana, we screened blood samples from febrile children aged less than 15 years presenting to an outpatient department in Ghana's Ashanti Region for the presence of rickettsial DNA. We detected in 7/470 (1.5%) blood samples, using two independent real-time polymerase chain reactions. No other species were found. was detected repeatedly in one patient, and coinfection with was found in 3/7 samples. Symptoms apart from fever included cough (6/7) and vomiting (4/7). None of the -positive patients reported a rash. This study is the first report on in Ghana and adds to the growing evidence for its widespread occurrence with and without malaria coinfection in sub-Saharan Africa.

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2017-04-05
2017-11-25
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  • Received : 16 Sep 2016
  • Accepted : 07 Dec 2016

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