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How common of a complication is sepsis with rocky mountain fever?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Uncertain how common: Information on the approximate percentage of rocky mountain spotted fever patients who get sepsis is hard to find. Nowadays, with antibiotic treatment, the rmsf fatality rate is 4%. A rough guess on the percentage with sepsis could be 20%-25%.
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Unknown: There is no epidemiologic data on the rate of sepsis with rmsf; we think about 15-25% of those exposed become ill and of those who become about 0.5% die. It is not clear how many exposed persons become septic.

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