What role does geographic location and travel history have in the identification of meningitis etiology?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Geographic location and travel history are important in the evaluation of patients. Infection with H capsulatum or B dermatitidis is considered in patients with exposure to endemic areas of the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys; C immitis is considered in regions of the southwestern United States, Mexico, and Central America. B burgdorferi is considered in regions of the northeastern and northern central United States, if tick exposure is a possibility.


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