Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever A Killer Disease

What is Rocky Mountain spotted fever?

Rickets a type of bacterial organism is  causes  spotted fever. It is caused by a tick and found rampant in rocky mountains. When severe it damages internal organs like kidneys and other vital parts. It is first spotted in America and also found in Canad, Mexico and is the most severe illness in USA.

 What Causes Rocky Mountain Spotted fever?

  •  Infected American dog tick,  and Rocky Mountain wood tick and the brown dog tick.

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Tick has life stages – egg, six-legged larva, eight-legged nymph, and adult. After hatching from the eggs, ticks must eat blood at every stage to survive. Ticks that require this many hosts can take up to 3 years to complete their full life cycle, and most will die because they don’t find a host for their next feeding.

 Symptoms of rocky mountain spotted fever:

The symptoms are non specific and  may resemble many other infectious and non-infectious diseases.Fever

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle pain
  • Lack of appetite
  • Severe headache.

As the infection is intensified the patient may develop

  •  rash
  •  abdominal pain
  •  joint pain
  •  diarrhea

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is best treated by using antibiotics as suggested by doctors.

  • Tetracycline

Because laboratory confirmation is generally not available during acute illness, treatment is initiated based on clinical and epidemiological information.

Killer disease look simple but if not identified early will cause severe damage to vital organs. Lack of understanding of the cause of these disease will drastically reflects on general health. We normally neglect common diseases and killer disease and will not care their initial symptoms.  Those who travel on mountains, mountaineers, adventure travelers will have chances  of Rocky mountain fever.  Clinical tests ,symptoms and previous medical records are a part of diagnosis and later be confirmed by using specialized laboratory tests.  prevent ticks and prevent Rocky Mountain Spotted fever.

More information about this disease is at Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever by May0 Clinic

Further references: RMSF by CDC Hospitals