Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a topic covered in the Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics.

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General Principles

RMSF is an acute febrile illness caused by Rickettsia rickettsia and transmitted by a variety of ticks, most commonly Dermacentor variabilis (dog tick). The regions with highest endemicity include the southern Atlantic (North and South Carolina and Virginia) and south central United States (Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Tennessee)

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