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Which is the insect that transmits rocky mountain spotted fever?
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Dr. Bonnie Bock
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: A tick
Many patients do not have a history of a tick bite especially children.

In brief: A tick
Many patients do not have a history of a tick bite especially children.
Dr. Bonnie Bock
Dr. Bonnie Bock
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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: Certain ticks...
Such as the dog tick and the wood tick are dermacentor ticks, common vectors of rmsf.
These ticks are different from ixodes ticks that transmit lyme disease. For the most part, the female tick must feed for at least 24 hours for transmission of an infection to occur.

In brief: Certain ticks...
Such as the dog tick and the wood tick are dermacentor ticks, common vectors of rmsf.
These ticks are different from ixodes ticks that transmit lyme disease. For the most part, the female tick must feed for at least 24 hours for transmission of an infection to occur.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Dr. Larry Lutwick
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: A tick
The "american wood tick", "rocky mountain wood tick", and "brown dog tick" are the ticks that spread rmsf in the United States.
Some people get rmsf but do not remember getting a tick bite. A person with symptoms of rmsf who has been in areas where ticks live, but does not recall a tick bite, may be started on antibiotic treatment while awaiting blood tests to confirm rmsf infection.

In brief: A tick
The "american wood tick", "rocky mountain wood tick", and "brown dog tick" are the ticks that spread rmsf in the United States.
Some people get rmsf but do not remember getting a tick bite. A person with symptoms of rmsf who has been in areas where ticks live, but does not recall a tick bite, may be started on antibiotic treatment while awaiting blood tests to confirm rmsf infection.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: Arachnids!
Technically "insects" do not transmit the bacteria (rickettsia rickettsii) resposible for rocky mountain spotted fever (rmsf).
Ticks - which are technically related to spiders rather than insects - do transmit r. Rickettsi. The most common ticks are dog ticks. However a variety of ticks from around north & south america are capable of spreading rmsf including, although rarely, deer ticks.

In brief: Arachnids!
Technically "insects" do not transmit the bacteria (rickettsia rickettsii) resposible for rocky mountain spotted fever (rmsf).
Ticks - which are technically related to spiders rather than insects - do transmit r. Rickettsi. The most common ticks are dog ticks. However a variety of ticks from around north & south america are capable of spreading rmsf including, although rarely, deer ticks.
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
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