Observations on African Tick Typhus (Tick-Bite Fever) in Zimbabwe
African tick typhus, caused by Rickettsia conori, affects humans throughout most of sub-Saharan Africa. Widely distributed in Zimbabwe, it is particularly prevalent in the southern lowveld, where numerous cases were seen in troops during the civil unrest of the late 1970s. Recent experiences of visitors to our Heartwater Research Station in this area have confirmed its continuing prevalence. In view of recent reports of severely debilitating and sometimes fatal infections with R. conori throughout its range, as well as a tendancy by local physicians to treat the infection inadequately, we briefly review the diagnosis, treatment and vectors of the disease in Zimbabwe.
KeywordsSpotted Fever Spotted Fever Group Civil Unrest Rickettsial Infection Rickettsial Disease
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