DANIEL B. FISHBEIN, M.D.; JOSEPH E. MCDADE, Ph.D.
To the editor: Since publication of the article by Wenzel and colleagues (1), the Centers for Disease Control has received several inquiries regarding patients with illnesses similar to that described in the article. We attempted to discern which epidemiologic, clinical, laboratory, and pathologic features of the five cases reported by Wenzel and colleagues could be used to distinguish new cases of acute febrile cerebrovasculitis from those of encephalitis or vasculitis of other causes and which of these features also could support a rickettsial cause.
The common epidemiologic features of the five patients—exposures to firewood, forests, and flea-infested pet dogs—are likely
FISHBEIN DB, MCDADE JE. Acute Febrile Cerebrovasculitis. Ann Intern Med. ;105:802–803. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-5-802
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(5):802-803.
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