Rickettsial pox is a disease spread by a mite. It causes a chickenpox-like rash on the body.
Rickettsial pox is caused by the bacteria, Rickettsia akari. It is commonly found in the United States in New York City and other city areas. It also has been seen in South Africa, Korea, and Russia.
It is spread by the bite of a mite that lives on mice.
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