A Multidisciplinary Approach to the First Autochthonous Case of Tularemia Reported in Portugal

Authors

  • Flávia Cunha Serviço de Doenças Infeciosas. Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra. Coimbra. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3202-1688
  • Isabel Lopes de Carvalho Departamento de Doenças Infeciosas. Instituto Nacional de Saúde Doutor Ricardo Jorge. Lisboa.
  • Carolina Torres Unidade de Saúde Pública. Agrupamento de Centros de Saúde Baixo Mondego. Coimbra.
  • Raquel Gonçalves Serviço de Doenças Infeciosas. Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra. Coimbra.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20344/amp.15790

Keywords:

Francisella tularensis, Portugal, Public Health, Tularemia

Abstract

Francisella tularensis, a Gram-negative coccobacillus, is a highly virulent pathogen responsible for several zoonotic outbreaks in Europe in the last few decades. The authors report the case of a 46-year-old male who developed fever, myalgias and headache a week after having contact with animal feed contaminated by rodents. Serological tests were positive for Francisella tularensis. This first case of autochthonous tularemia in Portugal led to an intensive investigation involving several healthcare services and national governmental authorities. The authors address the possible underdiagnosis of this infection in the country.

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Author Biography

Flávia Cunha, Serviço de Doenças Infeciosas. Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra. Coimbra.

Médica Interna de Formação Específica em Doenças Infecciosas

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Published

2022-02-01

How to Cite

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Cunha F, Lopes de Carvalho I, Torres C, Gonçalves R. A Multidisciplinary Approach to the First Autochthonous Case of Tularemia Reported in Portugal. Acta Med Port [Internet]. 2022 Feb. 1 [cited 2024 Apr. 12];35(2):144-6. Available from: https://actamedicaportuguesa.com/revista/index.php/amp/article/view/15790

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Case Report