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Volume 16, Number 7—July 2010

Research

Human Infection with Rickettsia felis, Kenya

Allen L. Richards, Ju Jiang, Sylvia Omulo, Ryan Dare, Khalif Abdirahman, Abdile Ali, Shanaaz K. Sharif, Daniel R. Feikin, Robert F. Breiman, and M. Kariuki NjengaComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Naval Medical Research Center, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA (A.L. Richards, J. Jiang); Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland, USA (A.L. Richards); US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nairobi, Kenya (S. Omulo, R. Dare, D.R. Feikin, R.F. Breiman, M.K. Njenga); Kenya Ministry of Health, Nairobi (K.A. Abdirahman, A. Ali, S.K. Sharif)

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Table 2

Clinical and demographic information of patients with flea-borne spotted fever who were treated at Garissa Provincial Hospital, North Eastern Province, Kenya, 2006–2008

Patient no. Date Age, y/sex Occupation Clinical signs and symptoms Fever duration, d Animals with which patient had contact
1 2006 Sep 6 47/M Herdsman Back pain, headache, joint pain, appetite loss, nausea 8 Cattle, sheep, goats, dogs
2 2007 Oct 19 7/F Student Muscle aches, back pain, headache, joint pain 7 Unknown*
3 2007 Oct 30 38/F Housewife Muscle aches, back pain, headache, joint pain, chills, malaise, nausea 3 Cattle, sheep, goats, dogs
4 2007 Dec 10 20/M Herdsman Cough, back pain, headache, joint pain 3 Cattle, sheep, goats, dogs
5 2008 Feb 28 35/M Farmer Cough, muscle aches, back pain, headache, joint pain, malaise, fatigue, appetite loss, dizziness 7 Unknown*
6 2008 May 2 25/F Housewife Muscle aches, back pain, headache, joint pain, chills, malaise, fatigue, appetite loss, vomiting, nausea 3 Cattle, sheep, goats, dogs

*Responses to the questionnaires indicated these patients came in contact with livestock; however, the responses did not list specific animals.

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