European Journal of Epidemiology

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 192–197 | Cite as

Mediterranean spotted fever in Marseille: Descriptive epidemiology and the influence of climatic factors

  • D. Raoult
  • H. Tissot Dupont
  • P. Caraco
  • P. Brouqui
  • M. Drancourt
  • C. Charrel
Article

Abstract

The authors report the general epidemiologic features of Mediterranean spotted fever (MSF) in the Marseille area (South France). Age was a risk factor, increasing after 50 years, and annual incidence seemed positively correlated with the average temperature of the preceding year and negatively correlated with the number of days with frost of the preceding year. However, correlations were not significant.

Key words

Rickettsia conorii Mediterranean spotted fever Epidemiology Climatic factors France 

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© Gustav Fischer 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Raoult
    • 1
  • H. Tissot Dupont
    • 1
  • P. Caraco
    • 1
  • P. Brouqui
    • 2
  • M. Drancourt
    • 1
  • C. Charrel
    • 3
  1. 1.Unité des RickettsiesFaculté de MédecineMarseille Cédex 5France
  2. 2.Service des Maladies ExotiquesHôpital Houphouët BoignyMarseilleFrance
  3. 3.Laboratoire de ChimieCentre Hospitalier GeneralSalon de ProvenceFrance

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