Tags: Influenza

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF)

Essentials of Diagnosis Key symptoms and signs: abrupt onset of high fevers, headaches, myalgias, malaise, and a flu-like illness 3-12 days after tick bite; rash (80-90% of patients, initially maculopapular, then petechial, classically involving the palms and soles). Predisposing factors: tick exposure (April through September), pet owners, animal handlers, and outdoor activities. Commonest geographic location of infection: rural. Confirmatory serology via IFA. PCR with blood or skin biopsy: sensitive and specific but not widely available. General Considerations RMSF is caused by Rickettsia rickettsii and is an acute tick-borne illness occurring during seasonal tick activity. The disease is characterized by acute onset of fever, headache, and a rash of the extremities spreading …

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Ehrlichia Infection (Ehrlichiosis)

Essentials of Diagnosis Key symptoms and signs: abrupt onset of high fever, headache, myalgias, chills 8-9 days after tick bite; rash (36% of human monocytic ehrlichiosis [HME] patients; only 2% of human granulocytic ehrlichiosis [HGE] patients); central nervous system involvement (20-25% of patients). Predisposing factors: tick and rural exposure (April through September). Presentation: most present as flu-like illness. Key laboratory features: thrombocytopenia, leukopenia, and elevated liver transaminases. Diagnosis: confirmed by a fourfold or greater rise in titers with an IFA. General Considerations Human ehrlichiosis was first recognized in the United States in 1986 as a life threatening tick-borne illness similar to Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), but with a much lower …

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Chlamydia Trachomatis Infections

Essentials of Diagnosis Typical intracytoplasmic inclusions in Giemsa-stained cell scrapings from the conjunctiva. Ligase chain reaction (LCR) or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in first-void urine. Positive culture in McCoy or HeLa cells of body fluids or secretions. Positive microimmunofluorescence serology for suspected cases of lymphogranuloma venereum and infants with pneumonia. Complement fixation titer of 1:64 or greater in patients with presumed lymphogranuloma venereum. Clinical Syndromes C trachomatis is associated with urethritis, proctitis, conjunctivitis, and arthritis in women and men; epididymitis in men; and mucopurulent cervicitis (MPC), acute salpingitis, bartholinitis, and the Fitz-Hugh and Curtis syndrome in women (Box 1). C trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (see site) coinfections are common in women …

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Mycoplasma Pneumoniae Infection & Disease

Mycoplasma Pneumoniae is an important cause of upper and lower respiratory infections in both adults and children. Extrapulmonary involvement, including dermatological, neurological, cardiac, musculoskeletal, and vasculitic involvement, has also been associated with M pneumoniae infection in humans. Essentials of Diagnosis Community acquired pneumonia. Extrapulmonary involvement is not infrequent. Inflammatory cells on sputum Gram stain but no predominant bacterial type. Coombs-positive hemolytic anemia. Cold agglutinin titer of = 1:32. Fourfold change in specific immunoglobulin G (IgG) or IgM titers. General Considerations A. Epidemiology. Infected humans are the only source of M pneumoniae organisms for transmission to new susceptible hosts. M pneumoniae is spread from one individual to another by respiratory droplets produced …

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Legionella: Clinical Syndromes

Legionella species are associated with outbreaks of either Pontiac fever, a self-limited influenzalike condition in otherwise healthy people, or Legionnaires’ disease, a severe pneumonic disease more common among elderly and immunocompromised individuals (Box 1). The spectrum of illness is much broader than these two clinical entities suggest, ranging from completely asymptomatic infection to fulminant respiratory failure and death. 1. PONTIAC FEVER In 1968, the first documented outbreak of Pontiac fever syndrome affected people in a health department building in Pontiac, Michigan. Epidemiologic investigation demonstrated that the infection was airborne and implicated water aerosols that were produced by a faulty air conditioning system as the source of exposure. Sentinel guinea pigs exposed …

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Haemophilus, Bordetella, & Branhamella Species

HAEMOPHILUS INFLUENZAE & OTHER HAEMOPHILUS SPECIES Essentials of Diagnosis • Haemophilus influenzae is generally acquired via the aerosol route or by direct contact with respiratory secretions. • The most common associated syndromes include otitis media, sinusitis, conjunctivitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, and, to a lesser extent, meningitis, epiglottitis, arthritis, and cellulitis. • Gram stain shows pleomorphic gram-negative coccobacilli. • In cases of meningitis, epiglottitis, arthritis, and cellulitis, organisms are typically recovered from blood, and type-b polysaccharide capsular material may be detected in the urine. • Organisms and type-b polysaccharide capsule may also be present in other appropriate sterile body fluids, such as cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in meningitis and joint fluid in arthritis. General …

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Branhamella Catarrhalis: Clinical Syndromes

B catarrhalis causes bronchitis and pneumonia in patients with underlying lung disease, especially chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is also a rare cause of invasive disease, including meningitis, endocarditis, bacteremia without a focus, septic arthritis, and cellulitis. In addition, it is a recognized cause of acute conjunctivitis and is periodically mistaken as Neisseria gonorrhoeae in newborn infants with conjunctivitis. B catarrhalis occasionally colonizes the genital mucosa and has been reported as a cause of urethritis. Clinical Findings A. Signs and Symptoms. The signs and symptoms of B catarrhalis acute otitis media and sinusitis are indistinguishable from those present when acute otitis media and sinusitis are caused by other pathogens (Box 8). …

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Haemophilus Influenzae: Clinical Syndromes

H influenzae was first isolated during the 1892 influenza pandemic and was originally believed to be the causative agent of influenza. Although subsequent studies revealed the fallacy of this idea, H influenzae has proved to be a common cause of localized respiratory tract and systemic disease, including meningitis, epiglottitis, pneumonia, pyogenic arthritis, cellulitis, otitis media, and sinusitis, among others (Box 1). 1. MENINGITIS Meningitis is the most common and serious form of invasive H influenzae type-b disease. In the mid-1980s, before the introduction of effective vaccines, ~ 10,000-12,000 cases of H influenzae type-b meningitis occurred in the United States each year, and 95% of cases involved children < 5 years old. …

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Neisseria Meningitidis

Essentials of Diagnosis • Transmission in crowded or closed populations. • Meningitis most common, but bacteremia, pneumonia, and other syndromes can occur in absence of meningitis. • Disease often associated with petecchial or purpuric rash, which may involve palms and soles. • Neutrophil-predominant cell profile in CSF, with low-glucose and high-protein concentrations. • Gram-negative diplococci inside neutrophils on stained smears of CSF and aspirated skin lesions. • Fastidious organism requires special media and growth conditions. • Blood and CSF most useful specimens for recovery of organism. • Improved sensitivity of detection with PCR in CSF, but not widely available. General Considerations A. Epidemiology. N meningitidis is found only in humans and …

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Gram-Positive Aerobic Bacilli

LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES Essentials of Diagnosis • Incriminated foods include unpasteurized milk, soft cheeses, undercooked poultry, and unwashed raw vegetables. • Asymptomatic fecal and vaginal carriage can result in sporadic neonatal disease from transplacental and ascending routes of infection. • Incubation period for foodborne transmission is 21 days. • Organism causes disease especially in neonates, pregnant women, immunocompromised hosts, and elderly. • Organism is grown from blood, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), meconium, gastric washings, placenta, amniotic fluid, and other infected sites. General Considerations A. Epidemiology. L monocytogenes is found in soil, fertilizer, sewage, and stream water; on plants; and in the intestinal tracts of many mammals. It is a foodborne pathogen that causes …

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