When a boy has rocky mountain spotted fever, what does it mean?

Seek treatment. Rocky mountain spotted fever (rmsf) is a tickborne disease caused by the bacterium rickettsia rickettsii. See a doctor for treatment.

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Rocky mountain spotted fever only in the rocky mountains?

Not just the Rockies. Dr. Howard t. Ricketts and his team in montana, discovered the cause of rmsf in 1906- the bacteria rickettsia rickettsii. It is transmitted by infected ticks like the american dog tick. Ironically, rmsf is more prevalent in the se United States (nc, sc, de, md, ga, wv, va, fl, ok) that it is in the rockies. Recently, rmsf has been "spotted" (sorry for the pun) in children in arizona as well. Read more...
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...