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Dr. Martin Raff
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Can you give me the rocky mountain spotted fever facts?

Dr. Martin Raff
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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

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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


Dr. Bonnie Bock
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Which is the insect that transmits rocky mountain spotted fever?

Dr. Bonnie Bock
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Which is the insect  that transmits rocky mountain spotted fever?

A tick: Many patients do not have a history of a tick bite especially children. ...Read more

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Dr. Simon Tsiouris
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What are the cpmmon symptoms of rocky mountain spotted fever?

Dr. Simon Tsiouris
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Fever and rash: Fever and a rash (the spots of rocky mountain spotted fever) followed by low blood pressure and bleeding are some of the symptoms a person can have. ...Read more

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Dr. Mary Lambe
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Rocky mountain spotted fever only in the rocky mountains?

Dr. Mary Lambe
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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

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Dr. Joel Gallant
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Has anybody else had rocky mountain spotted fever and lived?

Dr. Joel Gallant
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Yes: It's an easily treated infection.

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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How does rocky mountain spotted fever spread?

Dr. Robert Kwok
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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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Dr. Simon Tsiouris
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Do people ever still get rocky mountain spotted fever?

Dr. Simon Tsiouris
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Do people ever still get rocky mountain spotted fever?

Yes: There are between 2500 and 3000 cases of rmsf each year. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Will one die from rocky mountain spotted fever?

Dr. Robert Kwok
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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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Dr. Ziad Akl
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Prognosis for rocky mountain spotted fever

Dr. Ziad Akl
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Prognosis for rocky mountain spotted fever

Good: Prognosis is good if treated early.

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Dr. Lee Peter Bee
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I'm looking for information on how to deal with chronic Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Is there such a thing?

Dr. Lee Peter Bee
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Antibiotic: Rocky Mount spotted fever is caused by spirochete microorganism, Rickettsia rickettsii, tickborne, if not treated can lead to abnormal liver enzyme, bone marrow suppression, chronic joint pain, petechial rash or other autoimmune mediated rheumatologic condition, such as seronegative spondyloarthropathy. The treatment of Rocky Mount spotted fever involves oral tetracycline derivative antibiotics. ...Read more

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