Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Most ticks don’t carry the bacteria, so there’s little risk of getting the disease even if bitten, but knowing what symptoms to look for can be a big help in getting quick treatment if you are infected - Mukesh Patel MD

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

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Major Misnomer: 8 things you need to know about Rocky Mountain spotted fever

1. You don’t have to be in the Rocky Mountains to catch RMSF. There are four types of ticks in the U.S. that can transmit this bacteria to you: the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis), Rocky Mountain wood tick (Dermacentor andersoni), brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus), and the Cayenne tick (Amblyomma cajennense). Cases of RMSF have been reported all over the U.S., and there have also been some in Canada. In 2008, all but 8 states reported cases of RMSF to the CDC.

2. Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be a deadly disease if not treated promptly. The national fatality rate is about 3%, but this rate is much higher in certain states…

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