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Is rocky mountain spotted fever contagious?

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. ...Read more

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Rocky mountain fever?

Widespread: Throughout north and south america. Highest incidence right now in north carolina, oklahoma, arkansas, tennessee, and missouri. Half of people don't recall tick bite. In the usa about 3000 cases a year and slightly rising. Quite treatable when recognized. The problem? 1/3 of people do not have the characteristic rash. Peaks in june/july; fever, chills, headache, and muscle aches. ...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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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

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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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Can rocky mountain spotted fever be transmitted by semen?

Can rocky mountain spotted fever be transmitted by semen?

It's transmitted: By tick bites, and i've never heard on anyone with ticks in their ejaculate. Sounds like a good b-grade horror movie -- in the genre of "snakes on a plane". ...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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How does one test for rocky mountain spotted fever?

How does one  test for rocky mountain spotted fever?

Blood tests: 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. ...Read more

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Tick fever/ tick bite fever . Symptoms?

Tick fever/ tick bite  fever . Symptoms?

See below: http://www.nhls.ac.za/?page=alerts&id=5&rid=468 Please consult this site for information on this topic. Common symptoms are fever, headache, body ache, sore at the site of tick bite. ...Read more

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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

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Spotted fever gram stain?

Spotted fever gram stain?

Gram Negative: Gram-negative bacteria are bacteria that do not retain crystal violet dye in the gram staining protocol. In a gram stain test, a counterstain is added after the crystal violet, coloring all gram-negative bacteria with a red or pink color. - wikipedia r. Rickettsii are gram negative bacteria. ...Read more

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Test positive rocky mountain spotted fever, parvovirus, toxoplasmosis. Achy, tired all the time take pain meds, allergic to antibiotic. More ideas?

Test positive rocky mountain spotted fever, parvovirus, toxoplasmosis.  Achy, tired all the time take pain meds, allergic to antibiotic. More ideas?

See below: Are all these tests showing positives for acute disease or old disease? If new, you need treatment for rmsf and likely toxo. Parvovirus will usually resolve without sequela with supportive care. As for allergies to antibiotics, this can be tested for and determine if true or not. Either way, rmsf can be deadly - seek care if it is acute. ...Read more

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What's colorado tick fever ?

What's colorado tick fever ?

See below: It is a viral disease transmitted in the west us and canada by the wood tick, d andersoni. It occurs from 4 to 10k foot elevations mostly between march and september. Incubation period is 3-4 days and symptoms include fevers, chills, myalgias and prostration commonly. Headache occurs during the fevers. A petechial or maculopapular rash occurs 15% of the time. Lasts 1 wk, 5-10% get neuro symps. ...Read more

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