Mediterranean spotted fever during pregnancy: case presentation and literature review Academic Article uri icon


  • Mediterranean spotted fever (MSF) is caused by Rickettsia conorii, an obligate intracellular parasite of eukaryotic cells. Although, usually this disease has a benign course, a rapidly fatal outcome can occur even in young healthy adults. We describe a case of a 40-year-old Bedouin woman gravida 11, para 10, who was admitted at 36 weeks gestation with this rickettsial disease. During pregnancy, the treatment of choice for Mediterranean spotted fever is chloramphenicol, but it seems that Azithromycin could be another possible option.

publication date

  • January 1, 2003