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How does one test for rocky mountain spotted fever?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: RMSF

The diagnosis is usually made based on clinical symptoms/signs (to include classic rash) & epidemiology - tick exposure.
Usually antibiotics are started presumptively and lab results provide confirmation after the fact. Some tests: Indirect immunofluorescence assays (IFA) of IgM & IgG antibodies, enzyme linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) & dot immunoassays. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) .

In brief: RMSF

The diagnosis is usually made based on clinical symptoms/signs (to include classic rash) & epidemiology - tick exposure.
Usually antibiotics are started presumptively and lab results provide confirmation after the fact. Some tests: Indirect immunofluorescence assays (IFA) of IgM & IgG antibodies, enzyme linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) & dot immunoassays. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) .
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