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Fort Bragg fever 

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Fort Bragg Fever

MICROBIOLOGY

Definition An infection by Leptospira autumnalis, which is more common in children, and characterised by an abrupt “toxic” state. It was first described in a rash of pretibial rashes in World War II army recruits at Fort Bragg, TX.

Clinical findings Fever, shaking chills, headache, nausea, vomiting and severe myalgias–especially of the legs, lethargy, dehydration, photophobia, orbital pain, generalised lymphadenopathy, and hepatosplenomegaly.

Comment Because the various serotypes of Leptospira spp do not produce clinically distinct syndromes–e.g., canicola fever, FBF, Weil’s disease, and others, it has been suggested that these diseases be referred to simply as leptospirosis. 

Synonym Anicteric leptospirosis

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