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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 7, Issue:9, September, 2018

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
Issues : 12 per year
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Editor-in-chief: Dr.M.Prakash
Index Copernicus ICV 2018: 95.39
NAAS RATING 2020: 5.38

Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2018.7(9): 1523-1527

Seroprevalence of Rickettsial Infections in a Tertiary Care Center in South India
Kavita Nimboor, Amin Sonam and Ruby Thomas
Department of Microbiology, Akash Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Prasannahalli Road, Devanahalli, Bengaluru rural-562110, Karnataka, India
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Rickettsial diseases are generally classified under the causes of Fever of unknown origin (FUO) and high prevalence of this disease is found in developing countries like India. Due to the difficulties in clinical diagnosis and lack of laboratory methods in many geographical areas it is an underestimated public health problem. Mortality may be as high as 30-40% if untreated. This is a retrospective study conducted to estimate the prevalence of rickettsial diseases among the patients visiting a tertiary care center in rural southern India for a period of 18 months. The sensitivity and specificity of Weil-Felix test is low but even today it is done as it’s the most convenient and economical test available for the diagnosis of rickettsial infections. Out of 264 samples, 125 were positive by Weil-Felix test, out of which 65 were males and 60 were females. Prevalence of rickettsial diseases is significant in this region and greater clinical awareness in the differential diagnosis of fevers is required for early diagnosis and treatment.

Keywords: Weil-Felix test, Rickettsial infections, Prevalence

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Kavita Nimboor, Amin Sonam and Ruby Thomas. 2018. Seroprevalence of Rickettsial Infections in a Tertiary Care Center in South India.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(9): 1523-1527. doi:
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