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Definition of African tick typhus

African tick typhus: One of the tick-borne rickettsial diseases of the eastern hemisphere, similar to Rocky Mountain spotted fever, but less severe, with fever, a small ulcer (tache noire) at the site of the tick bite, swollen glands nearby (satellite lymphadenopathy), and a red raised (maculopapular) rash. Also called fievre boutonneuse.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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