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ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) is a lethal bacterial infection caused by the organism Rickettsia rickettsii, which can adversely affect the kidney and heart and is spread through tick bites.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER

This organism is endemic in some parts of America but it is quite treatable. Noticeable signs of RMSF in the first few moments after a tick bite include; Fever and Aches, after a few days or weeks, victims begin to feel rashes all around their joints – especially wrists and ankles.

RMSF is most commonly transmitted through dog tick. The first symptom usually begins a couple of weeks after an infected tick bite. Most bites from ticks are often not felt immediately and most victims might not acknowledge tick bite as the cause of Rock Mountain Spotted Fever.

 

 

Symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF)

  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Aches (Head ache, body aches etc.)
  • Pains (Muscle pain, abdominal pains etc)
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Rashes

 

 

RMSF and Children

RMSF also affects children, but not in the same way as adults. Some of the signs in children are more observable than in adults. Children may stool constantly, lose appetite, experience nausea, sore throat, cough, abdominal pain, altered mental status and early rashes but they do not commonly have headaches like adults. The major difference between adults’ symptoms and that of children is mostly constant headaches.

 

 

Prevention and Treatment of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF)

To prevent RMSF, you must ensure that your environment is kept clean and tick-free. Ensure that the area (especially the lawns) are well fumigated. See also that pets are properly taken care of and are clean always.

All treatments must be based on healthcare assistance. Once RMSF is suspected in either children or adults, Doxycycline is the first line of treatment that should be administered. The use of any antibiotic other than Doxycycline may have severe consequences on the victim.

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