Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

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Definition

Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a tickborne disease caused by the bacterium Rickettsia Rickettsii. This disease can only be transferred through the bite of an infected tick.

symptoms

Typical symptoms include: fever, headache, abdominal pain, vomiting, and muscle pain. A rash may also develop, but is often absent in the first few days, and in some patients, never develops.

What Kind of Ticks Carry the Disease?

In the United States, these include the American Dog tick, (Dermacentor variabilis),Rocky Mountain Wood Tick, (Dermacentor andersoni), and Brown Dog Tick, (Rhipicephalus sanguineus)

Are There Any Cures?

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a fatal if not treated within 5 days of noticed symptoms.

Doxycycline is the first line treatment for adults and children of any age. This is most effective if started before the fifth day of symptoms. Besides Deoxycyline is the primary treatment and is the most effective. Scientists and doctors are still searching for a more aggressive and effective treatment.