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Emerg Infect Dis. 2006 Feb;12(2):224-6.

Rickettsia africae in the West Indies.

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Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis, West Indies. pkelly@rossvet.edu.kn

Abstract

Rickettsia africae is the agent of African tick-bite fever, a mild but common disease of local persons and tourists in Africa. The major vector of this spotted fever group rickettsia is most likely Amblyomma variegatum, the tropical bont tick, which has become widely distributed through the West Indies in the last 30 years. This report reviews all available information on R. africae in the West Indies.

PMID:
16494746
PMCID:
PMC3373090
DOI:
10.3201/eid1202.050903
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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