Incidence: Occurs in South Africa, Zimbabwe and east Africa. The rickettsia is conveyed by a number of ticks which are carried to humans by dogs and cattle. The initial infection takes place through a bite in the skin or through the conjunctiva. Manifestation of the disease is similar to that of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, but usually runs a much milder course, and unlikely to be fatal if treated with antibiotics.
Problem Type: E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update 26.04.1999 – 00:00 CEST