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Symptoms of (tick) Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Symptoms of (tick) Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Initial symptoms of Rocky Mountain spotted fever include headache, nausea, fever, muscle aches, vomiting, and lack of appetite.

More Info: If not treated symptoms can progress to include diarrhea, abdominal pain, rash, and joint pain.

What Is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a bacteria carried primarily by the American dog tick and the Rocky Mountain wood tick.  It is a seasonal disease occurring between May and September and has been reported throughout the United States with the greatest prevalence in the southeastern states.

Incubation Period for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Most symptoms occur within 5-10 days following a tick bite.  Many illnesses carry the same flu-like symptoms as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, so it is important that if you have been bitten by a tick within the past 30 days that you report the symptoms to your doctor.

How Is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Treated?

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is treated using a tetracycline antibiotic for at least three days after the fever subsides.  Most patients improve within 5-10 days.



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“CDC – Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever – Ticks.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Oct. 2010.

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