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Will one die from rocky mountain spotted fever?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
We pathologists see perhaps 100 cases of fatal Rocky Mountain spotted fever per year. Almost always, it was overlooked. The rash isn't easy to spot, the doctor may not ask about tick bites or the tick wasn't noticed. The antibiotics that get thrown at "an unknown infection" generally don't touch RMSF. Treated early, expect a full recovery.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: If treatment begins
Within several days, mortality is quite low but deaths certainly do occur when the infection is not recognized quickly.

In brief: If treatment begins
Within several days, mortality is quite low but deaths certainly do occur when the infection is not recognized quickly.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
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