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Is rocky mountain spotted fever contagious?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine

In brief: Tick borne

http://www.cdc.gov/rmsf/

In brief: Tick borne

http://www.cdc.gov/rmsf/
Dr. Clarence Lyons
Dr. Clarence Lyons
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Dr. Jeff Seaman
Psychiatry

In brief: Only if share ticks

Nope. Unless you share infected ticks.

In brief: Only if share ticks

Nope. Unless you share infected ticks.
Dr. Jeff Seaman
Dr. Jeff Seaman
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: No

The usual form of transmission is by being bitten by a tick that carries the bacterium in its saliva.

In brief: No

The usual form of transmission is by being bitten by a tick that carries the bacterium in its saliva.
Dr. David Schleimer
Dr. David Schleimer
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