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Volume 17, Number 10—October 2011

Letter

Diagnosis of Rickettsioses from Eschar Swab Samples, Algeria

Nadjet Mouffok1, Cristina Socolovschi1, Anwar Benabdellah, Aurelie Renvoisé, Philippe Parola, and Didier RaoultComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Centre Hospitalier Universitaire d’Oran, Oran, Algeria (N. Mouffok, A. Benabdella); Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France (C. Socolovschi, A. Renvoisé, P. Parola, D. Raoult)

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Table

Acceptability of swab or biopsy samples from tick-bite eschars, Oran Teaching Hospital, Oran, Algeria, July 2009–October 2010

Question Answer, no. (%)*
Eschar swab sample Skin biopsy sample Both samples Nothing
For medical or biologist practitioners, n = 78
In the case that your patient has a “tache noire,” what would you do to confirm
the diagnosis? 46 (59) 5 (6.4) 22 (28) 5 (6.4)
If you have a “tache noire,” what do you do to confirm the diagnosis?
57 (73)
2 (2.5)
9 (11.5)
9 (11.5)
For patients, n = 58
In the case of inoculation eschar, which kind of medical procedure would you
prefer your medical doctor to conduct? 43 (74) 78 (12) 5 (8.6) 3 (5.2)

*p = 0.0001 for eschar swab sample vs. skin biopsy sample; p value not available for other parameters.

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1These authors contributed equally to this article.

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