Clinicians should suspect Rocky Mountain spotted fever in any seriously ill patient who lives in or near a wooded area anywhere in the Western Hemisphere and has unexplained fever, headache, and prostration, with or without a history of tick contact. A history of tick bite is elicited in about 70% of patients.
Oct 20, 2017 · Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be difficult to diagnose because the early signs and symptoms are similar to those caused by many other diseases. Laboratory tests can check a blood sample, rash specimen or the tick itself for evidence of the organism that causes the infection.
Infection Landscapes: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is spread by various species of ticks and is not confined just to the Rocky Mountain regions of North America. Clinical signs can be non-specific and cover multiple body systems.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever is transmitted by ticks, most commonly the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis). Although the American dog tick is the most common tick in Michigan, RMSF is rarely reported to cause human illness in the state. The disease is characterized by acute fever, headache, muscle pain, vomiting, and general discomfort.
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