Identification of Rickettsial Infections by Using Cutaneous Swab Specimens and PCR
Published Date:Jan 2011
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 17(1):83-86.
Disease Models, Animal
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Skin Diseases, Bacterial
TOC Title: Identification Of Rickettsial Infections By Using Cutaneous Swab Specimens And PCR
Description:To determine the usefulness of noninvasive cutaneous swab specimens for detecting rickettsiae, we tested skin eschars from 6 guinea pigs and from 9 humans. Specimens from eschars in guinea pigs were positive for rickettsiae as long as lesions were present. Optimal storage temperature for specimens was 4 degrees C for 3 days.
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