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African tick bite fever

African tick bite fever
File:African tick bite fever - leg lesion.jpg
Leg lesion after Rickettsia africae infection
Classification and external resources
Specialty Infectious disease
ICD-10 A77.8
NCI African tick bite fever
Patient UK African tick bite fever

African tick bite fever is a bacterial infection transmitted by the Amblyomma, Dermacentor or the Rhipicephalus family of ticks.[1] It is caused by the Rickettsia africae bacterium.[2] The incubation period of the disease is from 5 to 7 days [3] and symptoms include fever, headache and a skin rash. The rash is characterized by scant lesions, often macular and/or vesicular.[4]


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References

  1. ^ Whitela, Andrew (31 July 2011). "Tick bite fever". health24. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Jensenius M, Fournier PE, Kelly P, Myrvang B, Raoult D (September 2003). "African tick bite fever". Lancet Infect Dis 3 (9): 557–64. PMID 12954562. doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(03)00739-4. 
  3. ^ Frean, J,; Blumberg, L.; Ogunbanjo, GA (September 2008). "Tick bite fever in South Africa". South African Family Practice 50 (2): 33–35. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Rapini, Ronald P.; Bolognia, Jean L.; Jorizzo, Joseph L. (2007). Dermatology: 2-Volume Set. St. Louis: Mosby. p. 1130. ISBN 1-4160-2999-0. 
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