If one assumes that most, if not all, of our 197 cases of SFG rickettsioses acquired in sub-Saharan Africa were de facto African tick bite fever
, the present study suggests additional risk factors for this disease: male gender, higher age, travel during the late summer months of southern Africa (i.e., March-May; Figure 2), and travel for tourism.
African tick bite fever
: a new spotted fever group under an old name.
We report 3 cases of QTT and 1 case of African tick bite fever
(ATBF) in which the causative rickettsiae were detected by PCR of eschar and skin lesions in all cases and by an oral mucosal lesion in one of the QTT cases.
Comparison of immunofluorescence, western blotting, and cross-adsorption assays for diagnosis of African tick bite fever
. Clin Diagn Lab Immunol.
can also cause lymphangitis (e.g., patients with African tick bite fever