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Boutonneuse fever in Trapani, 1969-1987: clinical and epidemiological aspects

Giornale di Malattie Infettive e Parassitarie 40(6): 512-515

Boutonneuse fever in Trapani, 1969-1987: clinical and epidemiological aspects

The cases of 196 children (aged 1-12 years) who presented with boutonneuse fever (caused by Rickettsia conorii) in the province of Trapani, Sicily, in 1969-87 are briefly considered. A concentration of cases (52.7% of all cases) was observed in the period 1975-80. In general, most cases were observed in the summer months (86.2% of all cases being seen in July-September). Children of age 3-6 years were most commonly affected, and males (61.2% of all cases) more commonly than females.

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