Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Topic Guide
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a tick-borne disease. A bite from a tick infected by the Rickettsia rickettsi bacteria causes symptoms and signs that include nausea, vomiting, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, fever, rash, joint and abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Treatment with the antibiotic doxycycline is recommended in adults and children.
Ticks There are more than 800 species of ticks worldwide. Ticks transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Q fever, tularemia, babesiosis, and ehrlichiosis. Tick bite symptoms include fever, rash, weakness, nausea and vomiting. Treatment involves removing the tick with tweezers, cleaning the bite area with soap and water, and applying antibiotics to the bite.
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