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Lunalatus and R. , 1994) and in R. , 2009). , 2001). , 2010). Rickettsia africae, the etiologic agent of African tick bite fever appears to be the most prevalent rickettsiosis in Africa. , 2004). The first isolate (R. africae strain ESF-5), was recovered from A. variegatum ticks in Ethiopia although it was only characterized as R. , 1996). The agent was later isolated in A. , 1994). , 2004b). In the following, we give a synopsis of our current knowledge of African tick bite fever in Cameroon. 2 Causative organism R.

2006). A century of rickettsiology: emerging, reemerging rickettsioses, clinical, epidemiologic, and molecular diagnostic aspects and emerging veterinary rickettsioses: an overview. 1078 (October 2006), pp. A. (2005). Effect of antibiotic treatment in patients with DEBONEL/TIBOLA. 1063 (December 2005), pp. , Chen, L. ; GeoSentinel Surveillance Network. (2009). Multicenter GeoSentinel analysis of rickettsial diseases in international travelers, 1996-2008. 11, (November 2009), pp. E. & Raoult, D.

Cameroon is a sub-saharan tropical country with a vast equatorial forest providing a good habitat for ticks (especially A. variegatum ticks). Individuals residing in lowland rainforest habitats have a higher risk of acquiring ATBF probably because these habitats are ideal for A. , 2011). Although ATBF has been shown to be prevalent in the southern part of Cameroon (Figure 2), the actual epidemiology of the disease through wider disease surveillance needs to be documented. 6 Diagnosis Diagnosis of ATBF can be achieved by either serological analysis of acute and convalescent serum samples or molecular detection of the DNA of the bacterium by real-time or conventional PCR.

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