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Prospective Study of Coinfection in Patients with Erythema Migrans

Allen C. Steere, Gail McHugh, Carolin Suarez, Jason Hoitt, Nitin Damle and Vijay K. Sikand

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 36, issue 8, pages 1078-1081
Published in print April 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online April 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/368187
Prospective Study of Coinfection in Patients with Erythema Migrans

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The frequency of coinfection with Borrelia burgdorferi and either Anaplasma phagocytophila or Babesia microti among patients with erythema migrans, the initial skin lesion of Lyme disease, was assessed in 2 mainland locations in Rhode Island and Connecticut in a 4-year prospective study. Of the 93 patients with culture-proven erythema migrans, 2 (2%) patients had coinfection with A. phagocytophila and 2 (2%) had coinfection with B. microti. We concluded that the frequency of coinfection with these agents was low among patients with erythema migrans in the study areas.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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