African tick typhus

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African tick typhus

1 a rickettsial infection transmitted by ixodid (hard) ticks and characterized by fever, chills, maculopapular rash, headache, myalgia, arthralgias, and swollen lymph nodes. At the onset of the infection, a local lesion called tache noire appears at the site of the tick bite. The rash usually begins on the forearms and spreads over the rest of the body. The fever may persist into the second week, but death or complications are rare.
2 a tick-borne rickettsial disease of the eastern hemisphere similar to Rocky Mountain spotted fever but less severe.

African Tick Typhus

A tick-borne rickettsial infection caused by Rickettsia conorii, which occurs in the eastern hemisphere and is similar to Rocky Mountain spotted fever but less severe.
Clinical findings Fever, a small ulcer (tache noire) at the site of the tick bite, swollen glands nearby (satellite lymphadenopathy), and a red raised (maculopapular) rash.
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Correlation of the distribution of Rickettsia conorii, microscopic lesions, and clinical features in South African tick bite fever.

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