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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. By: Caleb & Dani 4 th Period. An arm with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Did you know….. 15 Facts on Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Number of reported cases of Rocky Mountain Fever by States & Regions, 1944-1998.

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rocky mountain spotted fever

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

By: Caleb & Dani

4th Period

An arm with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

did you know 15 facts on rocky mountain spotted fever
Did you know….. 15 Facts on Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Number of reported cases of Rocky Mountain Fever by States & Regions, 1944-1998

#1- Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a serious, generalized infection that is usually spread to people by the bite of infected ticks. The disease gets its name from the Rocky Mountain area where it was first identified.

Rocky Mountain Area

#2- Rocky Mountain spotted fever is caused by Rickettsiarickettsii, a specialized bacteria. Ticks infected with the organism transmit the disease to humans.
#3- Rocky Mountain spotted fever is found throughout the United States, except in Maine, Alaska, and Hawaii. Despite the name, few cases are reported from the Rocky Mountain region. Most cases occur in the southeastern United States.
#4- Rocky Mountain spotted fever is spread by the American dog tick, the lone-star tick, and the wood tick, all of which like to live in wooded areas and tall, grassy fields. The disease is most common in the spring and summer when these ticks are active, but it can occur anytime during the year when the weather is warm.

A Dog with a tick

#5- People get Rocky Mountain spotted fever from the bite of an infected tick or by contamination of the skin with the contents of an attached tick when it is removed from the skin. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is not spread from person to person, except rarely by blood transfusion.
#6- People with Rocky Mountain spotted fever get a sudden fever (which can last for 2 or 3 weeks), severe headache, tiredness, deep muscle pain, chills, nausea, and a characteristic rash. The rash might begin on the legs or arms, can include the soles of the feet or palms of the hands, and can spread rapidly to the trunk or the rest of the body.
8 rocky mountain spotted fever is diagnosed by special blood tests
#8- Rocky Mountain spotted fever is diagnosed by special blood tests.

Someone getting their blood tested

#9- Anyone who is exposed to tick-infested areas or to tick-infested pets is at risk for Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

A Tick

#10- Complications can result from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. For example, Without prompt medical care, kidney failure and shock can lead to death.

Skull and Crossbones

11 rocky mountain spotted fever affects about 800 people in the united states each year
#11- Rocky Mountain spotted fever affects about 800 people in the United States each year.

Someone on the world

12 about one half of cases of rocky mountain spotted fever occur in children
#12- About one half of cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever occur in children.

A child that is sick

#13- Rocky Mountain spotted fever was first recognized in 1896 in the Snake River Valley. Snake River Plain and was originally called black measles.

Some with black spots

#14- It is identical with a disease known as São Paulo fever in Brazil and with the spotted fever of Colombia

A map that shows where Sao Paulo is

#15- In most cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, a red, blotchy rash develops on the wrists and ankles, spreading to the palms of your hands and soles of your feet. This usually occurs between days three and five of infection. The rash often spreads up your arms and legs to your torso.

This person has Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever


Right Away

Later on

Red-spotted or blotchy rash on your wrists or ankles

Widespread aches and pains




  • High fever — body temperature reaching 102 F (38.9 C) or greater
  • Chills
  • Severe headache
  • Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Limiting exposure to ticks reduces the likelihood of infection with Rocky Mountain spotted fever. In persons exposed to tick-infested habitats, prompt careful inspection and removal of crawling or attached ticks is an important method of preventing disease. It may take extended attachment time before organisms are transmitted from the tick to the host.

Treatment for Rocky Mountain spotted fever involves:

  • Carefully removing the tick from your skin
  • Taking antibiotic medication, such as doxycycline, for seven to 10 days, and at least three days after your fever and other symptoms subside, to eliminate the infection