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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Although African tick bite fever is usually benign and self-limited, some patients may develop debilitating complications such as reactive arthritis, cranial and peripheral neuropathies, myocarditis, and neuropsychiatric symptoms, or experience a long-lasting convalescence, the latter phenomenon recently reported in elderly patients (15-17).
Correlation of the distribution of Rickettsia conorii, microscopic lesions, and clinical features in South African tick bite fever.
can cause the same sign, and not only the typical signs; for example, lymphangitis has been reported in African tick bite fever, R.
africae, the causative agent of African tick bite fever, is transmitted by Amblyomma ticks and has also been reported in South and Central Africa, including Kenya (3,4).

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