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Volume 15, Number 10—October 2009


Borrelia hispanica Relapsing Fever, Morocco

M’hammed Sarih, Martine Garnier, Najma Boudebouch, Ali Bouattour, Abdelaziz Rihani, Mohammed Hassar, Lise Gern, Danièle Postic, and Muriel CornetComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Institut Pasteur, Casablanca, Morocco (M. Sarih, N. Boudebouch, M. Hassar); Institut Pasteur, Paris, France (M. Garnier, D. Postic, M. Cornet); Institut Pasteur, Tunis, Tunisia (A. Bouattour); Idrissi Hospital, Kenitra, Morocco (A. Rihani); University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland (L. Gern); Paris Descartes University, Paris (M. Cornet)

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Results of PCR assays for detection of Borrelia spp. in 127 patients with unexplained fever in Kenitra, northwestern Morocco

Location No. patients with positive results/total no. patients (%)
16S rRNA seminested PCR Intergenic spacer sequence nested PCR
Sidi Mohamed Lahmar 2/73 (2.7) 15/73 (20.0)
Had Ouled Jelloum 10/26 (38.5) 11/26 (42.3)
Idrissi Kenitra 0/8 0/8
Lalla Mimouna 0/12 0/12
Mnasra 0/3 0/3
Sidi Taybi 0/5 0/5


12/127 (9.4)

26/127 (20.5)

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