Ehrlichia Infections, North Carolina, USA, 2016

Published Date
Journal
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Citation
24(11):2087-2090
DOI
doi: 10.3201/eid2411.180496
Authors
Boyce RM
Sanfilippo AM
Boulos JM
Cleinmark M
Schmitz J
Meshnick S
Abstract

Nearly two thirds of persons suspected of having tickborne illness in central North Carolina, USA, were not tested for Ehrlichia. Failure to test may have resulted in a missed diagnosis for ≈13% of these persons, who were therefore substantially less likely to receive antimicrobial treatment and to have follow-up testing performed.

Keywords: Ehrlichia; North Carolina; Rickettsia; Tick; USA; United States; bacteria; tickborne diseases; vector-borne infections.