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