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Rocky mountain spotted fever

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Rocky mountain spotted fever The disease is caused by Rickettsia rickettsii, a species of bacteria that is spread to humans by ixodid (hard) ticks. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is caused by being bitten by an infected tick. Symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever include: high fever (temp. reaching 102 F or greater), severe headaches, chills, aches and pains, restlessness, vomitting, fatigue, and rashes. Symptoms and signs in advanced cases include maculopapular rash, petechial rash, abdominal pain, and joint pain. If left untreated, Rocky Mountain spotted fever can spread from the site of the bite via your bloodstream, potentially causing infection in other areas of your body. The infection may also cause serious complications involving your joints, heart, lungs, kidneys, and central and peripheral nervous system. There are several laboratory testing options available for diagnosing RMSF. Such options include serology (IgG,IgM, titer, etc.), molecul ar (PCR), and cell culture isolation from a clinical specimen. People usually get this infection during the months when the ground temperatures reach 40 degrees or higher and when humans are most active. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a harmful disease that can be prevented by wearing the proper clothing such as light colors so ticks can be spotted, tucking pant legs into tall socks, wearing DEET containing repellent, and checking the body for ticks, including the hair.
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