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Table 1 Symptoms reported at inclusion by the two groups of patients: those with fever after a tick bite and those with an erythema migrans

From: No molecular detection of tick-borne pathogens in the blood of patients with erythema migrans in Belgium

Symptoma Fever + tick bite group (N = 14) EM patient group (N = 119)
n/Nb (%) n/Nb (%)
Fever at inclusion (> 37.5 °C) 13/13 (100%) 5/118 (4%)
 Fever, measured 8/13 3/118
 Fever, not measured 5/13 2/118
 Unknown 0/13 15/118
Fatigue 14/14 (100%) 41/115 (36%)
Night-sweats 10/13 (77%) 18/115 (16%)
Muscle pain (local/general) 10/14 (71%) 33/110 (30%)
Headache 10/14 (71%) 29/116 (25%)
Joint pain 8/14 (57%) 29/113 (26%)
Neck pain 7/13 (54%) 24/114 (21%)
Swollen joints 3/14 (21%) 10/113 (9%)
Cognitive difficulties 3/14 (21%) 17/115 (15%)
Nausea 2/14 (14%) 10/116 (9%)
  1. EM Erythema migrans
  2. aFor the group of patients with fever after a recent tick bite, symptoms are those since the tick bite; for the group of patients with an EM, symptoms are those in the 2 weeks before diagnosis of the EM or at diagnosis of the EM
  3. bTotal no. of patients with symptom/total no. of patients for whom information on this symptom is available