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Dr. John Sheehy
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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Definition)

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a disease caused by a specific bacteria carried by ticks. The bacteria infect people through tick bites. Common symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, and a characteristic rash that appears a few days after the fever. Antibiotics are usually ...Read more


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Does rocky mountain spotted fever cause a coma?

Does rocky mountain spotted fever cause a coma?

Yes: Rocky mountain spotted fever is a bacterial infection that causes damage throughout the body, including the central nervous system (brain and nerves). If untreated, it can lead to symptoms of nerve damage, brain damage, and sometimes coma and death. ...Read more

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How does your heart get affected by rocky mountain spotted fever?

How does your heart get affected by rocky mountain spotted fever?

Germ damages organs: Rocky mountain spotted fever (rmsf) is a rickettsia (type of bacteria) infection transmitted by a tick bite. The germ attacks the cells lining the small blood vessels in the body, causing multi-organ damage and maybe death. Many organs including the heart are damaged because damaged blood vessels disrupt the circulation in the vital organs, and damaged or dead cells lead to inflammation in organs. ...Read more

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I'm planning to donate a kidney to a friend, but had rocky mountain spotted fever as a child. Will this make my antigens unsuitable?

I'm planning to donate a kidney to a friend, but had rocky mountain spotted fever as a child. Will this make my antigens unsuitable?

No.: An infectious disease won't make your hla antigens unsuitable. But any infectious disease has the possibility of transmission from the donor to the recipient. While unlikely in your case, you should discuss this with your transplant team and an infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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How does rocky mountain spotted fever spread?

How does rocky mountain spotted fever spread?

By a tick bite: Rocky mountain spotted fever (rmsf) is a rickettsia (type of bacteria) infection transmitted by a tick bite (feeding > several hrs). Symptoms start in 1 week (2-14d range). The germ attacks the cells lining the small blood vessels in the body, causing multi-organ damage and maybe death. Very rarely, rmsf can be transmitted by a blood transfusion or accidental exposure in an infectious disease lab. ...Read more

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Will one die from rocky mountain spotted fever?

Will one die from rocky mountain spotted fever?

A few people do die: Rocky mountain spotted fever (rmsf) is a rickettsia (type of bacteria) infection transmitted by a tick bite. Symptoms start in 1 week (2-14day range). The germ attacks the cells lining the small blood vessels throughout the body, causing multi-organ damage and sometimes death. Death rate is uncertain, but may be about one out of 30 patients. Some patients do worse than others. ...Read more

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Can you give me the rocky mountain spotted fever facts?

Can you give me the rocky mountain spotted fever facts?

Not entirely: Rmsf is caused by an organism called rickettsia rickettsiae and transmitted to humans by tick bite (several different ticks). It is most common in the southeastern usa and presents with rash on the extremities gradually progressing centrally, accompanied by fever, malaise, headaches, muscle aches. Easily treated with antibiotics when suspected. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more