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1968). , 1977). , 2004a). These results were further confirmed by detection of R. , 2004b). Human infections or the agent has been detected in all regions of southern Cameroon where epidemiologic investigations have been made (Figure 3). , 2011). Other activities which could predispose to infection include cattle rearing and exposure to tick habitats. Cameroon is a sub-saharan tropical country with a vast equatorial forest providing a good habitat for ticks (especially A. variegatum ticks). Individuals residing in lowland rainforest habitats have a higher risk of acquiring ATBF probably because these habitats are ideal for A.

1993). Molecular analysis (PCR) has demonstrated E. chaffeensis DNA in adult A. americanum ticks collected from different states. The increased recognition of E. chaffeensis as an emerging problem has evoked renewed interest in this and other tick borne diseases, and this has stimulated epidemiologic investigations of this pathogen and its vector in other regions where the tick A. americanum is not found. Results not only indicate 27 Human Ehrlichioses and Rickettsioses in Cameroon that E. , 2010), but also indicates that the pathogen exists outside of the known range of A.

Every 12 hours for one day) for the treatment of typhus and scrub typhus. /12hours); although most physicians use 100 mg. every 12 hours for 3-7 days after fever disappears. The same can be recommended for ATBF. This antibiotic regimen could probably be followed in other tick-borne rickettsioses but there are not good evidences (clinical assays) to support a recommendation. In RMSF the administration of doxycycline for 7 days is recommended. /day for 5 days). Doxycycline for 7 days is the treatment of choice for rickettsialpox.

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