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Medical Term:

Mediterranean spotted fever


Definition: tick-borne infection with Rickettsia conorii seen in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and India and known by different names in different areas, Marseilles fever, Crimean fever, Indian tick typhus, and Kenya fever. Two forms are Mediterranean exanthematous fever (q.v.), which manifests as skin eruptions, and Mediterranean erythematous fever (q.v.), which manifests as skin redness.

See: Rickettsia conorii

Synonym(s): boutonneuse fever, Crimean fever, eruptive fever, fièvre boutonneuse, Indian tick typhus, Kenya fever, Marseilles fever, tick typhus

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