How can I diagnose a possible African tick bite fever or other tick borne rickettsial disease?

Blood tests. Very specific blood tests are available to determine the presence of tick transmitted infections. Since results can take some time to be finalized, early testing is highly recommended.

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I would like help with diagnosis of possible african tick bite fever or other tick borne rickettsial disease?

Tick bite. If you have the tick, it can be sent to a lab to test for any disease it might carry. If not just monitor for 20-30 days for any flu-like symptoms or rash at the site where you found the tick. If test is positive or you have symptoms or rash, you should be treated. Read more...