A Confirmed Case of Rickettsia parkeri Infection in a Traveler from Uruguay

Aránzazu Portillo Departamento de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Hospital San Pedro-Centro de Investigación Biomédica de La Rioja (CIBIR), Logroño, La Rioja, Spain; Departamento de Parasitología Veterinaria, Universidad de La República, Salto, Uruguay

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Concepción García-García Departamento de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Hospital San Pedro-Centro de Investigación Biomédica de La Rioja (CIBIR), Logroño, La Rioja, Spain; Departamento de Parasitología Veterinaria, Universidad de La República, Salto, Uruguay

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M. Mercedes Sanz Departamento de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Hospital San Pedro-Centro de Investigación Biomédica de La Rioja (CIBIR), Logroño, La Rioja, Spain; Departamento de Parasitología Veterinaria, Universidad de La República, Salto, Uruguay

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Sonia Santibáñez Departamento de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Hospital San Pedro-Centro de Investigación Biomédica de La Rioja (CIBIR), Logroño, La Rioja, Spain; Departamento de Parasitología Veterinaria, Universidad de La República, Salto, Uruguay

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José M. Venzal Departamento de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Hospital San Pedro-Centro de Investigación Biomédica de La Rioja (CIBIR), Logroño, La Rioja, Spain; Departamento de Parasitología Veterinaria, Universidad de La República, Salto, Uruguay

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José A. Oteo Departamento de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Hospital San Pedro-Centro de Investigación Biomédica de La Rioja (CIBIR), Logroño, La Rioja, Spain; Departamento de Parasitología Veterinaria, Universidad de La República, Salto, Uruguay

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The first confirmed case of Rickettsia parkeri infection in Uruguay is reported. To date, in South America, molecularly confirmed cases of human infection have been found in Argentina and probably, Brazil. Our patient returned to Spain after a 7-day trip to Colonia Suiza (Southwestern Uruguay). He presented fever (39°C), chills, and two eschars (tache noire-like) surrounded by an indurated, erythematous halo on the inner side of the left ankle besides a maculopapular rash on the legs. After treatment with doxycycline for 7 days, he fully recovered. R. parkeri infection was diagnosed by molecular-based detection of the microorganism in a swab specimen of the eschar. Diagnosis was supported by seroconversion between acute- and convalescent-phase sera specimens.

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* Address correspondence to Aránzazu Portillo, Departamento de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Hospital San Pedro-CIBIR, C/ Piqueras 98, 26006 Logroño (La Rioja), Spain. E-mail: aportillo@riojasalud.es

Authors' addresses: Aránzazu Portillo, Concepción García-García, M. Mercedes Sanz, Sonia Santibáñez, and José A. Oteo, Departamento de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Hospital San Pedro-CIBIR, Logroño, La Rioja, Spain, E-mails: aportillo@riojasalud.es, cgarciag@riojasalud.es, mmsanz@riojasalud.es, ssantibanez@riojasalud.es, and jaoteo@riojasalud.es. José M. Venzal, Departamento de Parasitología Veterinaria, Universidad de La República, Salto, Uruguay, E-mail: dpvuru@hotmail.com.

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