Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- Sex: male
- Age: children and young adults
- Exposure to tick-infested areas
- Contact with pets that roam in tick-infested areas
- Being outdoors often during the months of April to September
Residence in or visits to states where RMSF occurs most commonly; these include, but are not limited, to:
- North and South Carolina
- Muscle pain
- Lack of appetite
- Severe headache
- Abdominal pain
- Joint pain
- Delirium or, in severe cases, coma
- Enlarged liver, spleen, and lymph nodes
- In severe cases, low blood pressure or shock
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- Rash (may not be present early)
- History of a tick bite (sometimes you may not have noticed)
- “Could I (or my child) have Rocky Mountain spotted fever?"
- Wear light-colored clothing. This makes ticks are more visible.
- Tuck pant legs inside socks. This stops ticks from crawling up under your pants.
Apply insect repellents containing DEET (applied to exposed skin). Apply permethrin to clothing.
- For young children, DEET should be avoided or used sparingly. Carefully follow the directions on the label.
- Carefully check your entire body for ticks after returning from outdoor areas.
- Check pets for ticks.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://www.cdc.gov/
National Library of Medicine http://www.nlm.nih.gov/
Canadian Family Physician http://www.cfpc.ca/
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/
Bratton RL, Corey GR. Tick-borne disease. Am Fam Physician . 2005;71:2323.
Rocky mountain spotted fever. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . Updated June 2009. Accessed July 21, 2009.
Rocky mountain spotted fever. Mayo Clinic website. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/rocky-mountain-spotted-fever/DS00600 . Updated June 2009. Accessed July 21, 2009.
- Reviewer: Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD
- Review Date: 12/2011 -
- Update Date: 12/30/2011 -