Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Panama

Emerg Infect Dis. 2007 Nov;13(11):1763-5. doi: 10.3201/eid1311.070931.


We describe a fatal pediatric case of Rocky Mountain spotted fever in Panama, the first, to our knowledge, since the 1950s. Diagnosis was established by immunohistochemistry, PCR, and isolation of Rickettsia rickettsii from postmortem tissues. Molecular typing demonstrated strong relatedness of the isolate to strains of R. rickettsii from Central and South America.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Child, Preschool
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Panama / epidemiology
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Rickettsia rickettsii / genetics
  • Rickettsia rickettsii / isolation & purification*
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever / epidemiology*
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever / microbiology
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever / therapy