Serologic Diagnosis of Acute Rickettsiosis in Children in Southern Israel

Shiran Sharabi, Orli Sagi, Shalom Ben-Shimol

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    We assessed serology results of clinically suspected rickettsiosis episodes in the hospital setting. Overall, 322 of 963 (33%) cases were serology positive. Among those, rash rates were low (30%), murine typhus (MT) predominated over spotted fever and IgM positivity rate was higher in MT. These findings suggest that during acute rickettsiosis, serology may reliably identify MT infection but may underdiagnose spotted fever.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)E521-E523
    JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
    Issue number12
    StatePublished - 1 Dec 2021


    • acute rickettsiosis
    • children
    • serologic diagnosis
    • southern Israel

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
    • Microbiology (medical)
    • Infectious Diseases


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