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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever on the move

An expert on Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever has stated that recent large outbreaks of the tick-bourne disease illustrates the adaptability of the infection in extending beyond original natural boundaries, particularly in relation to the increase of feral dog populations. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is cause by a bacteria, Rickettsia rickettsii that is transferred to humans from the bite of a tick, which can be obtained from nature settings or pets. The illness is marked by a spotted rash, 5-10 days after infection, and causes death in 10% of cases from inflammation of blood vessels, and pulmonary and cerebral odema (fluid build-up). Early detection through diagnosing typical symptoms of myaglia, headache, high temperatures, nausea and sore throat, and treatment with antibiotics before the rash appears reduces fatalities.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The JHU Gazette

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About: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever on the move

Date: 3 October 2005

Source: The JHU Gazette

Author: David March

URL: http://www.jhu.edu/~gazette/2005/03oct05/03rocky.html

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