Borrelia crocidurae Meningoencephalitis, West Africa
Published Date:Feb 2013
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 19(2):301-304.
Molecular Diagnostic Techniques
Polymerase Chain Reaction
RNA, Ribosomal, 16S
Sequence Analysis, DNA
Tick-borne Relapsing Fever
Description:Borrelia crocidurae-associated relapsing fever is endemic to West Africa and is considered benign. We report 4 patients with B. crocidurae-associated neurologic symptoms; 2 of their cases had been misdiagnosed. Frequency and severity of this disease could be underestimated; molecular methods and serodiagnostic tests for Lyme disease might be helpful in its detection.
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