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Med J Aust. 1991 Jan 21;154(2):94-9.

Flinders Island spotted fever: a newly recognised endemic focus of tick typhus in Bass Strait. Part 1. Clinical and epidemiological features.


Twenty six cases of a spotted-fever-like illness have been identified over a 17 year period in the population of about 1000 of Flinders Island, Tasmania. The usual features were high fever, headache, myalgia, slight cough, arthralgia without joint swelling and a maculopapular rash which did not resemble the common exanthems. Twelve cases had a focal skin lesions. Available evidence implicates ticks as the vector.

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