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Descriptions of two new cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever in Panama, and coincident infection with Rickettsia rickettsii in Rhipicephalus sanguineus s.l. in an urban locality of Panama City, Panama

  • A. Martínez-Caballero (a1), B. Moreno (a1), C. González (a1), G. Martínez (a2), M. Adames (a3), J. V. Pachar (a4), J. B. Varela-Petrucelli (a1), J. Martínez-Mandiche (a1), J. A. Suárez (a1), L. Domínguez (a1), Y. Zaldívar (a1) and S. Bermúdez (a1)...

Abstract

The clinical and pathologic characterisation of two fatal cases of tick-borne rickettsiosis in rural (El Valle) and urban (City of Panama) Panama are described. Clinical and autopsy findings were non-specific, but the molecular analysis was used to identify Rickettsia rickettsii in both cases. No ticks were collected in El Valle, while in the urban case, R. rickettsii was detected in Rhipicephalus sanguineus s.l., representing the first molecular finding in this tick in Panama and Central America.

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Author for correspondence: S. Bermúdez, E-mail: sbermudez@gorgas.gob.pa

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