A case of african tick-bite fever in a returning traveler from Southern Africa

Woonji Lee, Hye Seong, Jung Ho Kim, Heun Choi, Jun Hyoung Kim, Jin Young Ahn, Su Jin Jeong, Nam Su Ku, Jun Yong Choi, Choon Mee Kim, Dong Min Kim, Joon Sup Yeom

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African tick-bite fever (ATBF), caused by Rickettsia africae, is the second most frequent cause of fever after malaria in travelers returning from Southern Africa. As the Korean outbound travelers are increasing every year, tick-borne rickettsial diseases as a cause of febrile illness are likely to increase. We describe a febrile Korean returning traveler who showed two eschars after visiting the rural field in Manzini, Swaziland. We performed nested polymerase chain reaction using the eschar and diagnosed the patient with ATBF. He was treated with oral doxycycline for 7 days, and recovered without any complications. We believe that the present case is the first ATBF case diagnosed in a Korean traveler.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere39
JournalInfection and Chemotherapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Mar

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Copyright © 2021 by The Korean Society of Infectious Diseases, Korean Society for Antimicrobial Therapy, and The Korean Society for AIDS.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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