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Volume 15, Number 7—July 2009


Cluster of Sylvatic Epidemic Typhus Cases Associated with Flying Squirrels, 2004–2006

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MedscapeCME is pleased to provide online continuing medical education (CME) for this journal article, allowing clinicians the opportunity to earn CME credit. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of MedscapeCME and Emerging Infectious Diseases. MedscapeCME is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. MedscapeCME designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. All other clinicians completing this activity will be issued a certificate of participation. To participate in this journal CME activity: (1) review the learning objectives and author disclosures; (2) study the education content; (3) take the post-test and/or complete the evaluation at; (4) view/print certificate.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the transmission of sylvatic epidemic typhus
  • Specify the most likely exposure to Rickettsia prowazekii among cases in the current series
  • List common symptoms and signs of sylvatic epidemic typhus
  • Describe the management of suspected sylvatic epidemic typhus

CME Editor

P. Lynne Stockton, VMD, MS, Copyeditor, Emerging Infectious Diseases. Disclosure: P. Lynne Stockton, VMD, MS, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

CME Author

Disclosure: Charles P. Vega, MD, FAAFP, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.


Disclosures: Alice S. Chapman, DVM, MPH; David L. Swerdlow, MD; Virginia M. Dato, MD, MPH; Alicia D. Anderson, DVM, MPH; Claire E. Moodie, MPH; Chandra Marriott, MPH; Brian Amman, PhD; Morgan Hennessey, DVM; Perry Fox, BS; Douglas B. Green, AB; Eric Pegg, DVM; William L. Nicholson, PhD; Marina E. Eremeeva, MD, PhD; and Gregory A. Dasch, PhD, have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.


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