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We report 3 cases of Queensland tick typhus (QTT) and 1 case of African tick bite fever in which the causative rickettsiae were detected by PCR of eschar and skin lesions in all cases. An oral mucosal lesion in 1 QTT case was also positive.


Jin Mei Wang, Bernard J Hudson, Matthew R Watts, Tom Karagiannis, Noel J Fisher, Catherine Anderson, Paul Roffey. Diagnosis of Queensland tick typhus and African tick bite fever by PCR of lesion swabs. Emerging infectious diseases. 2009 Jun;15(6):963-5

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