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Volume 4, Number 4—December 1998

Dispatch

Ehrlichia Infection in Italy

M. Nuti*, D.A. Serafini†, D. Bassetti‡, A. Ghionni§, F. Russino¶, P. Rombolà#, G. Macri#, and E. Lillini#
Author affiliations: *1st Rome University, Rome, Italy; †US Navy Medical Services, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA; ‡Public Health Department, Trento, Italy; §Pieve di Cadore Hospital, Belluno, Italy; ¶Multizone Prevention Service, Belluno, Italy; and #Zooprophylaxis Institute, Rome, Italy

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Immunoglobulin (Ig) M antibodies to Ehrlichia chaffeensis in four U.S. citizens bitten by ticks in Sardinia (La Maddalena)

Case Date of onset S1 No. weeks S2
8-yr-old boya 8/95 Neg 1 1:128
12-yr-old boy 7/96 Neg 1 1:64b
25-yr-old woman 7/96 Neg 1 1:128
24-yr-old woman 7/96 Neg 1 1:128c

aEvacuated to U.S. Army Hospital in Landsthul, Germany.
bNot diagnostically significant.
c Third IgM control 1 month later = 1:256.

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