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Parallel Decline of Malaria and Rickettsia felis Infections in Senegal

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  • 1 Aix-Marseille Univ, IRD, APHM, MEPHI, IHU-Méditerranée Infection, Marseille, France;
  • | 2 Aix-Marseille Univ, IRD, APHM, VITROME, IHU-Méditerranée Infection, Marseille, France;
  • | 3 Campus International IRD-UCAD Hann Maristes, Dakar, Senegal
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Rickettsia felis is a common emerging pathogen in sub-Saharan Africa. Comparing dynamics of morbidities due to malaria and R. felis infections in two Senegalese villages, we found a strong and significant correlation between them. Malaria morbidity is strongly decreasing because of the implementation of long-lasting insecticidal nets, so we hypothesize that the same measure may decrease the R. felis infections.

Author Notes

Address correspondence to Didier Raoult, URMITE, Aix Marseille University, UM63, CNRS 7278, IRD 198, INSERM 1095, Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire (IHU) Méditerranée Infection, 19-21 Boulevard Jean Moulin, Marseille 13385, France. E-mail: didier.raoult@gmail.com

Authors’ addresses: Oleg Mediannikov, URMITE, Aix Marseille University, UM63, CNRS 7278, IRD 198, INSERM 1095, Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire (IHU) Méditerranée Infection, Marseille, France, and IRD, URMITE UMR198, Campus Communs IRD/UCAD Hann Maristes, Dakar, Senegal, E-mail: olegusss1@gmail.com. Cédric Abat and Didier Raoult, URMITE, Aix Marseille University, UM63, CNRS 7278, IRD 198, INSERM 1095, Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire (IHU) Méditerranée Infection, Marseille, France, E-mails: cedric.abat@gmail.com and didier.raoult@gmail.com. Cheikh Sokhna, URMITE, Campus IRD d’ Hann Maristes, Dakar, Senegal, E-mail: cheikh.sokhna@ird.fr.

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