Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

By: Isabel Smith


Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a very deadly disease and effects people of all ages. The people that are usually effected are ages 55-64. Read this article to figure out how to help eliminate RMSF. Here is an sneak peek of what it is, it is a virus that you get from a tick. You might want to stay away from this disease, because when you get it, it is not fun.

Basic Info

You do not want to get this disease! The symptoms of this disease are headache, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting and lose of appetite, and you may also experience red eyes. Also, after a few days you may begin to develop a rash. The tick that causes this disease is called the Rickettisia Rickettsii. This disease usually occurs in warm weather in the months of June and July. Ways to prevent this disease can include wearing bright colored clothing, long sleeves and pants. You will also probably want to wear lots of bug spray, the bug that is most commonly used is DEET. The way they treat this disease is with antibiotics. The down side of treatment is you have to treat it fast, within 5 days of the bite. The organs that get damaged when you have this disease are your heart, and your kidneys. A disease similar to RMSF is Lyme's disease because they both are caused by a type of tick. If you have just returned from a trip camping you may want to check for ticks. Look for ticks in dark, moist areas, for example, hair, knees, elbows, back of neck, and your penis.

Rodeo Project

The CDC crew has been finding that dogs are beginning to get this disease. Dogs then are starting to be the problem. In 2012, the CDC began to figure more out about the outbreak. Four months later only 1% of the dogs in the study area didn't have the disease. The issue is about 63% of the dogs outside of the study area did get the disease. The doctors are now eliminating the dogs from roaming around outside to prevent more spreading of the disease.

RMSF is back in Arizona!

In 2010 there was an outbreak of RMSF in Arizona. The CDC then began going door-to-door warning people about this disease, and what it can do to you. For the dogs, the CDC handed out tick collars for the dogs who were at risk to get the disease. They are also disinfecting the people's yards in the areas that the disease is occurring. Hopefully, with teamwork and perseverance, we can work to completely eliminate RMSF.


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