African tick-bite fever


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African tick-bite fever

a febrile disease caused by the bacterium Rickettsia africae in southern Africa and characterized by black spots at the sites of bites caused by infected Amblyomma ticks and lymphadenopathy.

African tick-bite fever

(af'ri-kăn tik'bīt fē'vĕr)
A febrile disease caused by the bacterium Rickettsia africae in southern Africa and characterized by taches noires (black spots) at the sites of bites by infected Amblyomma ticks and lymphadenopathy.
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africae and confirmed the diagnosis of African tick-bite fever.
African tick-bite fever (ATBF), a recently rediscovered rickettsiosis of the spotted fever group, is caused by Rickettsia africae, an obligate intracellular, gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium, transmitted by cattle ticks of the Amblyomma genus (1-5).
Rickettsia africae is a recently described spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsia that is the agent of African tick-bite fever (ATBF), a mild but common tickborne disease of local persons and tourists, in particular, in sub-Saharan Africa.
The estimated incidence of African tick-bite fever in safari travelers is 4%-5.
To date, African tick-bite fever has been characterized as a mild illness.
africae, has been identified as the agent of African tick-bite fever.
africae, which cause Mediterranean spotted fever (MSF) and African tick-bite fever (ATBF), respectively, have been associated with human disease in the region; ATBF is more frequently associated with travel (1).
Though neither cardiac symptoms nor a rash developed, the latter is sometimes lacking in other spotted fever group rickettsioses, such as African tick-bite fever or R.

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