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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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Rocky mountain spotted fever" returned 58 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Notes from the Field: Community-Based Prevention of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever - Sonora, Mexico, 2016.
 

Author(s): Anne Straily, Naomi Drexler, Denica Cruz-Loustaunau, Christopher D Paddock, Gerardo Alvarez-Hernandez

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Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), a life-threatening tickborne zoonosis caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, is a reemerging disease in Mexico (1,2). R. rickettsii is an intracellular bacterium that infects vascular endothelium and can cause multisystem organ failure and death in the ...

Last Updated: 23 Nov 2016

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Hierarchical Bayesian Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Climatic and Socio-Economic Determinants of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
 

Author(s): Ram K Raghavan, Douglas G Goodin, Daniel Neises, Gary A Anderson, Roman R Ganta

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This study aims to examine the spatio-temporal dynamics of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) prevalence in four contiguous states of Midwestern United States, and to determine the impact of environmental and socio-economic factors associated with this disease. Bayesian hierarchical ...

Last Updated: 5 Mar 2016

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Estimation of Rickettsia rickettsii copy number in the blood of patients with Rocky Mountain spotted fever suggests cyclic diurnal trends in bacteraemia.
 

Author(s): C Kato, I Chung, C Paddock

Journal: Clin. Microbiol. Infect.. 2016 Apr;22(4):394-6.

 

Last Updated: 24 Apr 2016

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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: 25 Oct 2013

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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: 27 Sep 1989

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