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What is Rocky Mountain spotted fever?

What is 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.
  • 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
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever: caused by rickettsial bacteria and transmitted by wood ticks.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Rocky Mountain spotted fever: Introduction

Types of Rocky Mountain spotted fever:

Broader types of Rocky Mountain spotted fever:

How many people get Rocky Mountain spotted fever?

Incidence (annual) of Rocky Mountain spotted fever: 579 annual cases notified in USA 1999 (MMWR 1999)
Incidence Rate of Rocky Mountain spotted fever: approx 1 in 469,775 or 0.00% or 578 people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Rocky Mountain spotted fever: In the last 50 years, approximately 250-1200 cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever have been reported annually, although it is likely that many more cases go unreported. (Source: excerpt from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: Epidemiology: DVRD)

How serious is Rocky Mountain spotted fever?

Complications of Rocky Mountain spotted fever: see complications of Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Prognosis of 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)

What causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever?

Causes of Rocky Mountain spotted fever: see causes of Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Risk factors for Rocky Mountain spotted fever: see risk factors for Rocky Mountain spotted fever

What are the symptoms of Rocky Mountain spotted fever?

Symptoms of Rocky Mountain spotted fever: see symptoms of Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Complications of Rocky Mountain spotted fever: see complications of Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Incubation period for Rocky Mountain spotted fever: 3 to 12 days

Incubation period for Rocky Mountain spotted fever: incubation period of about 5-10 days after a tick bite. (Source: excerpt from Rocky Mountain spotted fever: Signs and Symptoms: DVRD)

Seasonality of Rocky Mountain spotted fever: Over 90% of patients with Rocky Mountain spotted fever are infected during April through September. (Source: excerpt from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: Epidemiology: DVRD)

Can anyone else get Rocky Mountain spotted fever?

More information: see contagiousness of Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Inheritance: see inheritance of Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Rocky Mountain spotted fever: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Rocky Mountain spotted fever: Infectious Disease Specialist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Treatments for Rocky Mountain spotted fever: see treatments for Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Prevention of Rocky Mountain spotted fever: see prevention of Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Research for Rocky Mountain spotted fever: see research for Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Name and Aliases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Main name of condition: Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Class of Condition for Rocky Mountain spotted fever: parasite, bacterial

Other names or spellings for Rocky Mountain spotted fever:

Rickettsia rickettsii, Black Fever, Black Measles, Blue Disease, Blue Fever, Mexican Spotted Fever, Sao Paulo Fever, Tobia Fever

Rickettsia rickettsii, Sao Paulo tick typhus Source - Diseases Database

Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Mountain fever, Tick fever
Source - WordNet 2.1

Rocky Mountain spotted fever: Related Conditions

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