An acute febrile illness caused by RICKETTSIA RICKETTSII. It is transmitted to humans by bites of infected ticks and occurs only in North and South America. Characteristics include a sudden onset with headache and chills and fever lasting about two to three weeks. A cutaneous rash commonly appears on the extremities and trunk about the fourth day of illness.
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About Pediatrics: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Learn about the symptoms and treatments of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which can classically include fever, headache, vomiting, and a characteristic rash that usually begins on a child's wrists and ankles.
CDC: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Detailed information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
eMedicine.com: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Detailed article including the background, symptoms, and treatment of this rickettsial infection.
Mayo Clinic: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Provides an overview of this tick-borne infection including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
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