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Flinders Island Spotted Fever is a potentially fatal disease transmitted by Reptile Ticks.
Rickettsia honei , a bacteria carried by ticks is responsible for Flinders Island Spotted Fever in Australia.
Four recent cases (2001 -2005) were confirmed from near Adelaide, and were treated successfully with antibiotics.
These are the first confirmed cases on the Australian mainland. It is however suspected that this is a widespread disease.
The "Blue-tongued Lizard Tick"(Aponomma hydrosauri) appears to be the main carrier.
The Shingleback Lizard (Tiliqua rugosa), Tiger Snakes (Notechis scutatus), Copperhead Snakes (Austrelaps superbus), and Lowlands Blotched Blue Tongue lizards (Tiliqua nigrolutea) apparently carry ticks associated with this disease. 


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