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How does your heart get affected by rocky mountain spotted fever?

How does your heart get affected by rocky mountain spotted fever?

Germ damages organs: Rocky mountain spotted fever (rmsf) is a rickettsia (type of bacteria) infection transmitted by a tick bite. The germ attacks the cells lining the small blood vessels in the body, causing multi-organ damage and maybe death. Many organs including the heart are damaged because damaged blood vessels disrupt the circulation in the vital organs, and damaged or dead cells lead to inflammation in organs. ...Read more

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Can you give me the rocky mountain spotted fever facts?

Can you give me the rocky mountain spotted fever facts?

Not entirely: Rmsf is caused by an organism called rickettsia rickettsiae and transmitted to humans by tick bite (several different ticks). It is most common in the southeastern usa and presents with rash on the extremities gradually progressing centrally, accompanied by fever, malaise, headaches, muscle aches. Easily treated with antibiotics when suspected. ...Read more

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Does rocky mountain spotted fever cause a coma?

Does rocky mountain spotted fever cause a coma?

Yes: Rocky mountain spotted fever is a bacterial infection that causes damage throughout the body, including the central nervous system (brain and nerves). If untreated, it can lead to symptoms of nerve damage, brain damage, and sometimes coma and death. ...Read more

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Can rocky mountain spotted fever be transmitted by semen?

Can rocky mountain spotted fever be transmitted by semen?

It's transmitted: By tick bites, and i've never heard on anyone with ticks in their ejaculate. Sounds like a good b-grade horror movie -- in the genre of "snakes on a plane". ...Read more

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How soon after bein infected by mosquito with chincincuya or West Nile virus do symptoms begin?

How soon after bein infected by mosquito with chincincuya or West Nile virus do symptoms begin?

Incubation: Per the CDC “The incubation period for WNV disease is typically 2 to 6 days but ranges from 2 to 14 days and can be several weeks in immunocompromised people.” REF: https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/healthcareproviders/healthCareProviders-ClinLabEval.html Chickungunya Sx's "usually begin 3–7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito." REF:https://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/symptoms/index.html ...Read more

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How does rocky mountain spotted fever spread?

How does rocky mountain spotted fever spread?

By a tick bite: Rocky mountain spotted fever (rmsf) is a rickettsia (type of bacteria) infection transmitted by a tick bite (feeding > several hrs). Symptoms start in 1 week (2-14d range). The germ attacks the cells lining the small blood vessels in the body, causing multi-organ damage and maybe death. Very rarely, rmsf can be transmitted by a blood transfusion or accidental exposure in an infectious disease lab. ...Read more

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How is the chikungunya virus transmitted by mosquitoes and how long until symptoms show?

How is the chikungunya virus transmitted by mosquitoes and how long until symptoms show?

Human reservoir : Humans and monkeys are the reservoir --or holding cell for the chikungunya virus. The mosquito bites an infected person and thus infects the next person down the line (if i understand what you are asking) non human primates also carry the virus. Mosquitoes are just the hapless postal carriers so to speak in this illness. Incubation is usually 2-3 days but can vary from 1-12 days. ...Read more

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Will one die from rocky mountain spotted fever?

Will one die from rocky mountain spotted fever?

A few people do die: Rocky mountain spotted fever (rmsf) is a rickettsia (type of bacteria) infection transmitted by a tick bite. Symptoms start in 1 week (2-14day range). The germ attacks the cells lining the small blood vessels throughout the body, causing multi-organ damage and sometimes death. Death rate is uncertain, but may be about one out of 30 patients. Some patients do worse than others. ...Read more

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Can enlarged spleen as a child with rocky mountain tick fever and still enlarged spleen as an adult give problems? Blood test showed low neutrophils

Can enlarged spleen as a child with rocky mountain tick fever and still enlarged spleen as an adult give problems? Blood test showed low neutrophils

Agree with Dr. F: An enlarged spleen can enhance destruction of blood cells including neutrophils. Depending on the cause of splenic enlargement of spleen, the treatment, if one is warranted, needs to be tailored to the cause. ...Read more

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What are the tests for rocky mountain spotted fever?

What are the tests for rocky mountain spotted fever?

Clinical: There isn't a reliable test earlier in the disease. Later skin biopsy & serology can confirm it diagnosis is based symptoms & probability from local prevalence. Signs & symptoms include fever, ha, joint & muscle pains +/- n/v . A maculopapular rash occurs (90% of time) between the third & fifth days of illness usually starting on the ankles. It is critical you're seen early if you suspect it. ...Read more

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I'm planning to donate a kidney to a friend, but had rocky mountain spotted fever as a child. Will this make my antigens unsuitable?

I'm planning to donate a kidney to a friend, but had rocky mountain spotted fever as a child. Will this make my antigens unsuitable?

No.: An infectious disease won't make your hla antigens unsuitable. But any infectious disease has the possibility of transmission from the donor to the recipient. While unlikely in your case, you should discuss this with your transplant team and an infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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How can I diagnose a possible African tick bite fever or other tick borne rickettsial disease?

How can I diagnose a possible African tick bite fever or other tick borne rickettsial disease?

Blood tests: Very specific blood tests are available to determine the presence of tick transmitted infections. Since results can take some time to be finalized, early testing is highly recommended. ...Read more

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My mother is suffering severally with rocky mountain spotted fever with no signs of improvement. Becoming hopeless. What to do?

My mother is suffering severally with rocky mountain spotted fever with no signs of improvement. Becoming hopeless. What to do?

She needs to be: Closely monitored by her primary physician and infectious disease specialist. Check out these links. May god bless you both! http://m.naturalnews.com/news/035530_immune_system_herbs_spices.html. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/rocky-mountain-spotted-fever/ds00600. ...Read more

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How long can the fever last in a kid with diagnosed influenza A?

How long can the fever last in a kid with diagnosed influenza A?

5-7 days: Is the usual but possible up to 10 days. If he/she gets worse during this time have them re examined often they can develop a secondary infection such as an ear infection that requires additional treatment. All the best. ...Read more

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Can familial mediterranean fever be detected before symptoms get bad?

Can familial mediterranean fever be detected before symptoms get bad?

Yes: Fmf is an inherited genetic condition. If a family member has already been diagnosed with fmf then other family members can undergo genetic testing to see if they have the mutation before symptoms start. Early management may prevent some of the long term complications of the disease. ...Read more

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High fever but otherwise happy. Going on 2 days. Staying around 38.5-39 degrees C. How long with fever until a doctor needs to be seen?

High fever but otherwise happy. Going on 2 days. Staying around 38.5-39 degrees C. How long with fever until a doctor needs to be seen?

10 days: As long the little one isn't getting worse I am not worried about a fevers unless it gets higher, doesn't come down with medication or lethargy, increased irritation or other concerning symptoms develop. ...Read more

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