African tick bite fever

African tick bite fever

African tick bite fever
Classification and external resources
ICD-10 A77.8

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]

See also


  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.  
  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.