Mediterranean spotted fever during pregnancy: Case presentation and literature review

Yaakov Bentov, Eyal Sheiner, Shlomit Kenigsberg, Moshe Mazor

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Mediterranean spotted fever (MSF) is caused by Rickettsia conorii, an obligate intracellular parasite of eukaryotic cells. Although, usually this disease has a benign course, a rapidly fatal outcome can occur even in young healthy adults. We describe a case of a 40-year-old Bedouin woman gravida 11, para 10, who was admitted at 36 weeks gestation with this rickettsial disease. During pregnancy, the treatment of choice for Mediterranean spotted fever is chloramphenicol, but it seems that Azithromycin could be another possible option.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-216
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 25 Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Azithromycin
  • Chloramphenicol
  • Mediterranean spotted fever
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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