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Volume 6, Number 5—October 2000

Dispatch

Trichinella pseudospiralis Outbreak in France

Stéphane Ranque*, Bernard Faugère*†, Edoardo Pozio†, Giuseppe La Rosa†, Alessandra Tamburrini†, Jean-François Pellissier‡, and Philippe Brouqui*Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Hopital F. Houphouët Boigny, Marseille, France; †Instituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy; ‡Laboratory of Neurological and Muscular Biopathology, Marseille, France

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Epidemiologic, clinical, laboratory, and outcome characteristics of four patients infected with Trichinella pseudospiralis, southeastern France

Patients
Characteristics 1 2 3 4
Age (years) 28 62 60 47
Sex M M F M
Amount of boar meat eaten (g) <300 >300 <300 >300
Incubation time (days) 17 7 14 7
Duration of fever (days) 13 29 14 20
Duration of myalgias (days) 17 30 17 34
Measured peak temperature (C) 39.8 39.8 38.6 39.2
Arthralgias No No No Yes
Diarrhea Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vomiting No No No No
Periorbital edema Yes Yes Yes No
Conjunctivitis No Yes No No
Rash No No No No
Insomnia Yes No No No
Asthenia Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dizziness Yes No No No
Leukocytes cells (Nb = 4.0-10x109/L)a 10.0 11.8 8.3 16.7
Eosinophilia [peak] (N = 0-4.0x109/L) 1.9 [2.3] 3.1 [3.7] 1.6 [3.1] 5.3 [5.3]
Hemoglobin (N = 14-17 g/dL [men], 12-15 g/dL [women]) 14.2 14.0 10.3 14.0
Fibrinogen (N = 2.5-4.5 g/L) 5.0 4.3 3.8 4.1
Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (N = <10 mm/h) 25 19 3 NDc
Creatine kinase [peak] (N = <200 UI/L) 5,874 [8,398] 787 [2,670] 4,277 [4,277] 286 [286]
Lactate dehydrogenase (N = 100-620 UI/L) 1,968 1,079 1,921 716
Aspartate transaminase (N = <50 UI/L) 22 61 186 27
Alanine transaminase (N = <60 UI/L) 90 61 212 47
Triglycerides (N = 0.4-1.8 g/L) 1.96 2.44 3.08 1.70
Plasma total protein (N = 62-80 g/L) 64 56 52 50
Plasma albumin (N = 39-50 g/L) 35 30 27 27

aUnless otherwise noted, laboratory findings were recorded at the time of admission to the hospital.
bN: Normal range
cND: Not determined

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