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Acta Médica Costarricense

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HUN, Laya. Rickettsiosis in Costa Rica. Acta méd. costarric [online]. 2013, vol.55, suppl.1, pp.25-28. ISSN 0001-6002.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever caused by Rickettsia rickettsii was first reported in Costa Rica in human cases since 1977, the first cases from endemic areas of humid tropical forests and recently reported human cases in the urban areas of San José. Also, positive serology as well as presence of the bacteria in ectoparasites of wild and domestic animals has been demonstrated. All these scientific results confirm the importance of this zoonosis in the country and demonstrate the urgency to alert public health professionals and political authorities to be aware of possible cases of this disease which can be lethal if not treated on time.

Palavras-chave : Rickettsiosis; Costa Rica; vectors; zoonoses.

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