African tick bite fever


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African tick bite fever

A disease transmitted to humans by ticks of the genus Amblyomma infected with Rickettsia africae. The disease is found in sub-Saharan Africa and the French West Indies and is characterized by fevers, headache, scabs that form at the site of tick inoculation, and localized lymph node swelling.
See also: fever
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There may be several reasons for this favorable outcome, including a large percentage of benign African tick bite fever cases, and a widespread empiric use of antirickettsial drugs in cases of suspected rickettsial disease.
africae, the agent of African tick bite fever, in Djibouti.
The most commonly encountered rickettsial infection in travel medicine is African tick bite fever, caused by Rickettsia africae and transmitted in rural sub Saharan Africa by ungulate ticks of the Amblyomma genus; >350 imported cases have been reported from several continents during the past few years (30).
Correlation of the distribution of Rickettsia conorii, microscopic lesions, and clinical features in South African tick bite fever.

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