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Dr. Martin Raff answered:

Can you give me the rocky mountain spotted fever facts?

Not entirely

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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.
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Dr. Ziad Akl answered:

Prognosis for rocky mountain spotted fever

Good

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Prognosis is good if treated early.
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Dr. Robert Kwok answered:

Is rocky mountain spotted fever contagious?

Only by tick bites

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.
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Dr. Robert Kwok answered:

How does Rocky Mountain spotted fever spread?

By a tick bite

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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.
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Dr. Robert Kwok answered:

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.
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Dr. Robert Kwok answered:

Does rocky mountain spotted fever cause a coma?

Yes

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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.
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Dr. Joel Gallant answered:

What can be done for rocky mountain spotted fever?

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Antibiotic
It can be treated with antibiotics.
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Dr. Mark A. Tosca answered:

What are the tests for rocky mountain spotted fever?

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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
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Dr. Robert Kwok answered:

How does one test for rocky mountain spotted fever?

Blood tests

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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) is a Rickettsia (type of bacteria) infection transmitted by a tick bite (usually feeding > several hrs). Symptoms start in 1 week (2-14d range). Treatment is with doxycycline, which is started if RMSF is suspected. Lab tests can confirm the disease later, after treatment has begun.
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Dr. Simon Tsiouris answered:

Do people ever still get rocky mountain spotted fever?

Yes

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There are between 2500 and 3000 cases of RMSF each year.
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