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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the infection?

The best way to reduce the risk of Rocky Mountain spotted fever is to reduce exposure to ticks. This can be done by:

  • avoiding tick-infested areas
  • wearing protective clothing
  • using insect repellents
  • inspecting the body for ticks after spending time outdoors
  • promptly removing attached ticks
  • What are the long-term effects of the infection?

    If treatment is not started early in a person with Rocky Mountain spotted fever, there may be complications. Long-term effects may involve:

  • the brain and spinal cord, causing seizures, meningitis, or encephalitis
  • the heart
  • the lungs, leading to pneumonia and lung damage
  • the kidneys, leading to chronic renal failure
  • the liver, leading to hepatitis
  • Serious complications include blood clotting problems and low blood pressure, both of which can lead to death. Long-term effects, including death and neurologic damage, are not uncommon in severe cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

    What are the risks to others?

    Rocky Mountain spotted fever is acquired by a tick bite. It is not spread directly from person to person, but can be spread through blood transfusions.

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    Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Danielle Zerr, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/24/01

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