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Rocky mountian spotted fever

This type of disease is caused by a bacterium called Rickettsia rickettsii.

Symptoms: 3 to 14 days after a tick bite

-          sudden fever (can even last for 2 or 3 weeks)

-          severe headache

-          tiredness

-          muscle pain

-          rash which can start developing on the legs or arms and can even show on the soles of the feet or on the palms of the hands; this rash can spread very fast to the rest of the body

-          chills

-          nausea

Fatality in 3 to 5% of the cases!!!

Treatment: This disease is difficult to diagnose when the symptoms are not too severe yet. When not treated on time, it can be deadly due to kidney failure and shock. That is why, when there is doubt, a blood test is necessary.

When Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is diagnosed, treatment with antibiotics (Tetracyclines, Chloramphenicol) is the only cure. A lot of people who have this disease need to be hospitalized.