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Volume 17, Number 10—October 2011


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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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.