Louse-borne relapsing fever in a refugee from Somalia arriving in Belgium

Gilles Darcis, Marie-Pierre Hayette, Sebastien Bontems, Anne-Sophie Sauvage, Christelle Meuris, Marjan Van Esbroeck, Philippe Leonard

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    Abstract

    We report a case of louse-borne relapsing fever (LBRF) in a refugee from Somalia who had arrived in Belgium a few days earlier. He complained of myalgia and secondarily presented fever. Blood smears revealed spirochetes later identified as Borrelia recurrentis. LBRF should be considered in countries hosting refugees, particularly those who transit through endemic regions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbertaw009
    JournalJournal of Travel Medicine
    Volume23
    Issue number3
    Number of pages3
    ISSN1195-1982
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Keywords

    • Journal Article

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