Bites and Infestations

Picture of Rickettsialpox (Tâche Noire)

Picture of Rickettsialpox: Tache Noire

Rickettsialpox or tâche noire is a disease causes by the bite of a mite that lives on mice. It causes a chickenpox like rash that resembles a cigarette burn at the site of a tick bite. It can cause flu-like symptoms including fever, achy muscles, chills, and weakness. It is usually mild and clears up on its own in 2-3 weeks if left untreated.

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Text Source: National Library of Medicine
Merck Manual