Top
10
Doctor insights on: Interesting Facts About Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Share
Dr. John Sheehy
66 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
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

See 1 more doctor answer
3

3
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

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
What are the tests for rocky mountain spotted fever?

What are the tests for rocky mountain spotted fever?

Clinical: There isn't a reliable test earlier in the disease. Later skin biopsy & serology can confirm it diagnosis is based symptoms & probability from local prevalence. Signs & symptoms include fever, ha, joint & muscle pains +/- n/v . A maculopapular rash occurs (90% of time) between the third & fifth days of illness usually starting on the ankles. It is critical you're seen early if you suspect it. ...Read more

7

7
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

8

8
What does it mean to have rocky mountain spotted fever?

What does it mean to have rocky mountain spotted fever?

Rocky Mountain Fever: Rocky mountain spotted fever is caused by rickettsia rickettsii (r. Rickettsii), which is carried by ticks. The bacteria spread to humans through a tick bite. In the western United States, the bacteria are carried by the wood tick, and in the eastern U.S. They are carried by the dog tick. Other ticks spread the infection in the southern U.S. And in central and south america. ...Read more

9

9
Rocky mountain spotted fever only in the rocky mountains?

Misnomer: Most cases these days actually in east usa. 60% of cases are in north carolina, oklahoma, arkansas, tennessee, and missouri. Rmsf occurs in both north and south america and is on the rise. 3000 cases maximum a year. Carried by wood tick in the west, dog tick in the east. Rash helpful to diagnose but not always present. Diagnose early to avoid serious consequences. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
10

10
Could someone get rocky mountain spotted fever from a dog?

Could someone get rocky mountain spotted fever from a dog?

RMSF from ticks: Rocky Mountain spotted fever occurs in virtually every state of the U.S. It's actually quite a dangerous disease transmitted by ticks. Certainly a dog could carry a tick (Dermacentor species) that carry the bacteria. Early symptoms of RMSF are non-specific and include fever, nausea/vomiting, headache, feeling 'wiped out' etc. Only later does the rash come out - if feeling sick, see a doc. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
2,227 doctors shared insights

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