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Brill-Zinsser Disease in a Patient Following Infection with Sylvatic Epidemic Typhus Associated with Flying Squirrels

Jennifer H. McQuiston, Edwin B. Knights, Peter J. DeMartino, Scott F. Paparello, William L. Nicholson, Joseph Singleton, Catherine M. Brown, Robert F. Massung and Joseph C. Urbanowski

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 51, issue 6, pages 712-715
Published in print September 2010 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 2010 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/655891
Brill-Zinsser Disease in a Patient Following Infection with Sylvatic Epidemic Typhus Associated with Flying Squirrels

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Recrudescent Rickettsia prowazekii infection, also known as Brill-Zinsser disease, can manifest decades after untreated primary infection but is rare in contemporary settings. We report the first known case of Brill-Zinsser disease in a patient originally infected with a zoonotic strain of R. prowazekii acquired from flying squirrels.

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

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