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Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Rocky Mountain spotted fever: Introduction

Rocky Mountain spotted fever: Rocky Mountain spotted fever is the most severe and most frequently reported rickettsial illness in the United States.  The disease is caused by ... more about Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever: A bacterial disease caused by Rickettsia rickettsii and transmitted by ticks. The condition causes fever and a characteristic rash and may be fatal in severe or untreated cases. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Rocky Mountain spotted fever is available below.

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Prognosis for Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Prognosis for Rocky Mountain spotted fever: Rocky Mountain spotted fever remains a serious and potentially life-threatening infectious disease today. Despite the availability of effective treatment and advances in medical care, approximately 3% to 5% of individuals who become ill with Rocky Mountain spotted fever still die from the infection. However, effective antibiotic therapy has dramatically reduced the number of deaths caused by Rocky Mountain spotted fever; before the discovery of tetracycline and chloramphenicol in the late 1940s, as many as 30% of persons infected with R. rickettsii died. (Source: excerpt from Rocky Mountain spotted fever: DVRD)

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Rocky Mountain spotted fever is the most severe and most frequently reported rickettsial illness in the United States.  The disease is caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, a species of bacteria that is spread to humans by ixodid (hard) ticks.  Initial signs and symptoms of the disease include sudden onset of fever, headache, and muscle pain, followed by development of rash.  The disease can be difficult to diagnose in the early stages, and without prompt and appropriate treatment it can be fatal. (Source: excerpt from Rocky Mountain spotted fever: DVRD)

Definitions of Rocky Mountain spotted fever:

Acute, infectious, sometimes fatal disease caused by Rickettsia rickettsii usually transmitted by ixodid ticks; occurs only in North and South America; manifestations include chills, fever, rash, headache, myalgia, and prostration. - (Source - Diseases Database)

Caused by rickettsial bacteria and transmitted by wood ticks - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

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