Rocky mountain spotted fever

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Rocky mountain spotted fever

Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a disease that primarily affects those in North and South America, transmitted to humans by the bite of infected ticks. RMSF cases have been reported throughout most of the United States, though the states of North Carolina, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri account for over 60% of cases, with the majority of cases reported have peaked during the summer months in June and July. Children under 10 years old, Native Americans, people with a compromised immune system, and people with delayed treatment are most at risk of a fatal outcome from RMSF. Signs and symptoms of RMSF include fever, headache, abdominal pain, rash, vomiting, and muscle pain. If not treated immediately, RMSF can be a severe or even fatal illness. RMSF and other tick-borne diseases are preventable.

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The terms "Rocky mountain spotted fever" returned 63 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[A fatal case series of Rocky Mountain spotted fever in Sonora, México].
 

Author(s): Jesús Delgado-De la Mora, Jesús David Licona-Enríquez, Marcia Leyva-Gastélum, David Delgado-De la Mora, Adela Rascón-Alcantar, Gerardo Álvarez-Hernández

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Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a highly lethal infectious disease, particularly if specific treatment with doxycycline is given belatedly.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Rocky Mountain spotted fever: brain imaging findings.
 

Author(s): Bruna Melo Coelho Loureiro, Fabiano Reis, Grazielly de Fátima Pereira, Cristina Alba Lalli

Journal: Braz J Infect Dis. ;22(2):153-154.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Fatal Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever along the United States-Mexico Border, 2013-2016.
 

Author(s): Naomi A Drexler, Hayley Yaglom, Mariana Casal, Maria Fierro, Paula Kriner, Brian Murphy, Anne Kjemtrup, Christopher D Paddock

Journal: Emerging Infect. Dis.. 2017 10;23(10):1621-1626.

 

Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is an emerging public health concern near the US-Mexico border, where it has resulted in thousands of cases and hundreds of deaths in the past decade. We identified 4 patients who had acquired RMSF in northern Mexico and subsequently died at US ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Rocky mountain spotted fever" returned 2 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Atypical Rocky Mountain spotted fever with polyarticular arthritis.
 

Author(s): Muhammad A Chaudhry, Robert Hal Scofield

Journal: Am. J. Med. Sci.. 2013 Nov;346(5):427-9.

 

Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is an acute, serious tick borne illness caused by Rickettsia rickettsi. Frequently, RMSF is manifested by headache, a typical rash and fever but atypical disease is common, making diagnosis difficult. Inflammatory arthritis as a manifestation is ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Rocky Mountain spotted fever: a disease in need of microbiological concern.
 

Author(s): D H Walker

Journal: Clin. Microbiol. Rev.. 1989 Jul;2(3):227-40.

 

Rocky Mountain spotted fever, a life-threatening tick-transmitted infection, is the most prevalent rickettsiosis in the United States. This zoonosis is firmly entrenched in the tick host, which maintains the rickettsiae in nature by transovarian transmission. Although the incidence ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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