Louse-borne relapsing fever in a refugee from Mali



Grecchi C, Zanotti P, Pontarelli A, Chiari E, Tomasoni LR, Gulletta M, Barbui A, Caligaris S, Matteelli A, Castelli F.


Infection. 2017 Jun;45(3):373-376. doi: 10.1007/s15010-017-0987-2. Epub 2017 Feb 4.


INTRODUCTION: Due to the increasing number of refugees from East Africa, louse-borne relapsing fever (LBRF) has become an emergent disease in Europe. No single case of LBRF has been reported in Europe in refugees from other parts of Africa. CASE REPORT: We report a case of LBRF in a refugee from Mali, likely acquired in Libya, where several migration routes into Europe meet. The disease must be considered in any febrile refugee regardless the country of origin.

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Link/DOI: 10.1007/s15010-017-0987-2