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Doctor insights on: Kids With Disease Caused By Rickettsiae

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Is there a tropical disease clinic that would do me a rickettsia mooseri test?

Is there a tropical disease clinic that would do me a rickettsia mooseri test?

Murine typhus: Rickettsia is a genus of non-motile, Gram-negative, non-sporeforming, highly pleomorphic bacteria that can present as cocci, rods or thread-like. Rickettsia mooseri is now called Rickettsia typhi. Onset is characterized by persistent headache, a high grade fever, and a cutaneous rash predominating on the trunk. ELISA tests are available and antibiotics should be started while tests are pending. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how rickettsia cause illness?

Can you tell me how rickettsia cause illness?

Inflammation: This is such an interesting question and I can't answer it in 400 words. Rickettsiae are gram negative bacteria, yet they cannot live outside of a cell. They are energy parasites. Since they are "other" they are attacked by the immune cells leading to inflammation which leads to fever and manifestations of disease such as typhus, RMSF, ehrlichiosis. If this answers your question, or we converse. ...Read more

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Why does the rickettsia test exist if it isn't accurate or accepted?

Complicated answer: Even when tests are highly sensitive and specific, how well they can tell a patient if they have the disease or not (positive and negative predictive value) is highly dependent upon the prevalence of the disease. Tests such as this are useful only if the clinical situation supports the diagnosis (we call this pre-test probability). ...Read more

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Id expert: what is differential of rickettsia typhi vs possible mystery diagnoses?

What is the question: Rickettsia typhi causes typhus and is what killed ricketts when he was about to leave mexico city after helping our neighbor with an epidemic. Have no clue what you mean by "possible mystery diagnoses". Is a mystery to me. ...Read more

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How can rickettsia prowazeckii (epidemic typhus) reproduce?

How can rickettsia prowazeckii (epidemic typhus) reproduce?

Epidemic Typhus: Rickettsia prowazekii only replicate within host cells. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how rickettsia prowazeckii (epidemic typhus) reproduce?

Reproduction: Rickettsia prowazekii only replicate within host cells. ...Read more

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What diseases could cause a child to have a fevers for 2 weeks?

What diseases could cause a child to have a fevers for 2 weeks?

Infections: It is always very concerning when a neonate has fever. At this age it raises concerns as infants do not have a fully developed immune system , and it could be a severe infection. If your 2 week old has fever over 100.5 rectal you need to go se your baby's doc or go to the E.R. ...Read more

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