Learn About Spotted Fever

What is the definition of Spotted Fever?
Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a disease caused by ticks that carry the Rickettsia rickettsii bacterium. This bacterium is spread to humans through tick bites. There are several species of ticks in the U.S. that can spread the disease; however, in the eastern U.S. the bacteria are carried by dog ticks, and in the western states, by the wood tick. Rocky Mountain spotted fever most commonly occurs in Arkansas, Georgia, Virginia, Missouri, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Oklahoma. Most cases occur in the spring and summer in children. If untreated, the infection can lead to serious health problems, such as brain damage, kidney and heart failure, meningitis, and pneumonitis. Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be life-threatening if not treated early.
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What are the symptoms of Spotted Fever?
Symptoms of Rocky Mountain spotted fever appear 2-to-14 days after a tick bite and include chills and fever, confusion, headache, muscle pain, rash that first appears as spots and then spread, thirst, lack of appetite, diarrhea, light sensitivity, hallucinations, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, and abdominal pain.
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What are the current treatments for Spotted Fever?
Treatment first involves removing the tick carefully without touching it. Antibiotics, such as doxycycline or tetracycline, are needed. Pregnant women are prescribed chloramphenicol. Early treatment can prevent severe illness and death.
Who are the top Spotted Fever Local Doctors?
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Occupational Medicine

Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

Lees Summit, MO 

Alison Binder is an Occupational Medicine doctor in Lees Summit, Missouri. Dr. Binder is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Spotted Fever. She is also highly rated in 5 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Rickettsialpox, Spotted Fever, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Ehrlichiosis. She is licensed to treat patients in Missouri and Pennsylvania.

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Universidade De São Paulo

Sao Paulo, SP, BR 

Marcelo Labruna is in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Labruna is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Spotted Fever. He is also highly rated in 12 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Spotted Fever, Rickettsialpox, and Colorado Tick Fever.

 
 
 
 
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Universidade De São Paulo

Goiania, GO, BR 

Felipe Krawczak is in Goiania, Brazil. Krawczak is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Spotted Fever. They are also highly rated in 7 other conditions, according to our data. Their top areas of expertise are Spotted Fever, Rickettsialpox, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Ehrlichiosis.

What are the latest Spotted Fever Clinical Trials?
The Epidemiology Of Scrub Typhus And Rickettsial Infections In A Highly Endemic Rural Setting In South India: Population-Based Cohort Study
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What are the Latest Advances for Spotted Fever?
Tick-transmitted co-infections among erythema migrans patients in a general practice setting in Norway: a clinical and laboratory follow-up study.
Mononucleosis-like illnesses due to co-infection with severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus and spotted fever group rickettsia:a case report.
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Concomitant Mediterranean spotted fever and systemic lupus erythematosus: a rare case report.