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A 20-year-old man presented to emergency room with a 3-week history of general weakness, fever, diffuse arthralgia and skin eruption. His medical history was unremarkable; he did not travel recently, had no contact with an ill person, nor had risky sexual behaviour and took no medication. Physical examination only showed a diffuse, non-painful, infracentimetric and non-confluent macular eruption over the trunks and limbs (figures 1 and 2). Blood test showed elevated C reactive protein and neutrophilic leucocytosis. Serologies for hepatitis C and B viruses, rubella, Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, toxoplasmosis and HIV were negative. Urinalysis and chest X-ray were normal. Blood cultures became positive for Neisseria meningitidis, whereas skin biopsy only showed a dermic inflammatory polymorphic (lymphocytic and neutrophilic) infiltrate without specificity with negative aerobic and …
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