TICK INFESTATION: A 200-PATIENTS’ SERIES

African Journal of Infectious Diseases (AJID)

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Title TICK INFESTATION: A 200-PATIENTS’ SERIES
 
Creator Guven, Oya
Satilmis, Dilay
Sonmez, Feruza Turan
Demir, Bilgehan
Erdogan, Özgür
 
Subject Tradtional Medicine, Medicinal Plants
Emergency department, tick bite, Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever.
 
Description Background: A great number of zoonotic diseases with high mortality rate are transmitted by ticks. We performed this
study in order to investigate patients admitted to emergency department following a tick bite. We examined the patients
and get knowledge about the infestation and we followed up them for possible tick-conducted disease symptoms and
laboratory findings both clinically and serologically.
Materials and Methods: The study presented was hold for one year, between 01.01.2012 and 31.12.2012. 200 tick
infested cases, admitted to Emergency Department of Haydarpasa Numune Training and Research Hospital, were
subjected in the study. Demographic patterns of the patients and the region they come from, infested area on body,
admission time and blood analyzing results were detected.
Results: Rate of adult patients to pediatric was 2:1; gender distribution was similar to each other. The most common
body areas that ticks were removed from were lower extremity. The highest tick bite incidence was in summer and on
weekends. No tick bite incident of Istanbul surrounding from the year 2012 progressed to a zoonotic disease.
Conclusions: Although non-of the patients of our study has been diagnosed with Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever
we informed all of them for the incubation period and call for observation during the time. Tick borne infections may
present with vary of symptoms, the most sever of which is hemorrhagic diathesis and patients should be informed for
the risks. Knowledge of local area fauna risks may guide physicians so studies on this topic are essential.
 
Publisher African Traditional Medicine Supporters Initiative (ATHMSI), 7, Road 1, Otunmaiye Square
 
Contributor
 
Date 2017-06-08
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://journals.sfu.ca/africanem/index.php/AJID/article/view/4792
10.21010/ajid.v11i2.8
 
Source African Journal of Infectious Diseases (AJID); Vol 11, No 2 (2017); 62-67
2505-0419
2006-0165
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://journals.sfu.ca/africanem/index.php/AJID/article/view/4792/2995
 
Coverage Africa


 
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