Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a bacteria disease spread by ticks. It is transmitted in North and South America by tick bites. Without immediate antibiotic treatment, Rocky Mountain spotted fever can cause potentially fatal organ damage.
Many people experiencing symptoms of Rocky Mountain spotted fever will start to feel ill during the first week after contracting the infection. However, symptoms may not show for up to two weeks. Some of the first signs of Rocky Mountain spotted fever are not specific to it. Those symptoms could include;
There is a very distinctive rash that is associated with Rocky Mountain spotted fever. It will typically appear within a few days after the initial symptoms begin. The rash usually first appears on wrists and ankles, and then can potentially spread in both directions to other parts of the body.
Because of the severity of the disease and its’ fatal potential, most patients diagnosed with it will require hospitalization. With the fatality and complications rate being so high, doctors will start treating diagnosed patients even before the test results return. The rate of fatalities with Rocky Mountain spotted fever is high, making it a significantly dangerous illness that if left untreated could result in a catastrophic outcome for the patient.
If you or anyone you know might have suffered a tick bite, it is important to seek immediate medical attention on an urgent basis.