Rocky Mountain spotted fever

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Rocky Mountain spotted fever

n.
An acute infectious disease that is caused by the tick-borne bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii and is characterized by rash, muscle pains, and high fever. It is endemic throughout North America.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever

n
(Pathology) an acute rickettsial disease characterized by high fever, chills, pain in muscles and joints, skin rash, etc. It is caused by the bite of a tick infected with the microorganism Rickettsia rickettsii

Rock′y Moun′tain spot′ted fe′ver



n.
an acute infectious disease caused by a rickettsia and transmitted by the bite of a wood tick, characterized by high fever, joint and muscle pain, and a rash.
[1885–90]

Rock·y Mountain spotted fever

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A severe infection caused by bacteria and characterized by fever, extreme exhaustion, muscle pains, and skin rash. It is transmitted by the bite of infected ticks.
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Noun1.Rocky Mountain spotted fever - caused by rickettsial bacteria and transmitted by wood ticksRocky Mountain spotted fever - caused by rickettsial bacteria and transmitted by wood ticks
spotted fever - any of several severe febrile diseases characterized by skin rashes or spots on the skin
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In the United States, RMSF is characteristically a rare and sporadically distributed disease: most cases are reported from mid-Atlantic states (2).
The company will continue to align its products, services, and solutions around the RMSF brand.
Given that RMSF often remains subclinical in its early stages, and typically presents with nonspecific symptoms of fever, rash, headache, and abdominal pain when it does emerge, physicians might be tempted to defer treatment until after serologic and histologic results are in, as is the standard method.
Community-based programs for the control of Rhpicephalus-associated RMSF using long-acting tick collars on dogs and environmental acaricides (pesticides targeting ticks) have been found to be effective in reducing tick populations in homes and on dogs and in human disease cases (4).
Infection with R parkeri poses a significant threat to public health (2) because at least one-third of reported RMSF cases are believed to be caused by R parkeri.
With the increasing incidence of RMSF, it was decided to reinvestigate some of those samples for evidence of Rickettsia spp.
Some SF rickettsial diseases may be "spotless" with no rashes, including RMSF in 10-15% of cases, complicating early differential diagnosis.
RMSF is an acute disease, described as one of the most virulent human infections ever identified (Dumler & Walker 2005), and state health departments are required to report all cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As with RMSF, due to the serious nature of Lymes Disease, it is advisable to begin supportive treatment and drug therapy while awaiting test results.
Ehrlichiosis in people resembles RMSF (with or without the rash) with clinical signs beginning approximately 7 to 10 days after infection.
Among 13 siblings of the cases, 2 had high titers of antibodies to Rickettsia rickettsii, the causative agent of RMSF.