The Current Importance of Rickettsioses,
ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH INST OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES FREDERICK MD
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An indication of the practical significance of rickettsioses is furnished by figures on the frequency of diseases, and, if applicable, mortality. Experience has shown that these figures are inaccurate and generally estimated too low. Many rickettsioses run such a mild course that there is no need for medical help or for a diagnosis. A further difficulty is the fact that in feverish diseases antibiotic treatment is immediately instituted, which in the case of rickettsioses renders an exact serologic diagnosis impossible. Diagnosis in good time is of decisive importance for successful treatment. To be able to judge the situation, a separate discussion of the most important forms of rickettsiosis is desirable.
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