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Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsInfectious Diseases · 1 decade ago

rocky mountain spotted fever? what is it?

HAS ANYONE EVER HAD THIS? HOW SERIOUS IS IT?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Its a bacterial disease spread by ticks... the "rocky mountain" is a misnomer... its not only found in the rockies area of the US...

    "Rocky Mountain spotted fever remains a serious and potentially life-threatening infectious disease today. Despite the availability of effective treatment and advances in medical care, approximately 3% to 5% of individuals who become ill with Rocky Mountain spotted fever still die from the infection. However, effective antibiotic therapy has dramatically reduced the number of deaths caused by Rocky Mountain spotted fever; before the discovery of tetracycline and chloramphenicol in the late 1940s, as many as 30% of persons infected with R. rickettsii died."

    That paragraph from its wikipedia article describes its mortality rate - 3-5%.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I've never had it, but it's transmitted by ticks. It's fairly serious and should be treated immediately.

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