Spotted fever – United States

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A one-year-old boy has been infected with Rocky Mountain spotted fever, who is currently in ICU. The boy was bitten by ticks at farm.

Photo: Rickettsia prowazekii scanning electron micrograph.

A spotted fever is a tick-borne disease which presents on the skin. They are all caused by bacteria of the genus Rickettsia. Types of spotted fevers include:

Mediterranean spotted fever
Rocky Mountain spotted fever
Queensland tick typhus
Helvetica spotted fever

When bitten by ticks, it is important to remove them with fine tweezers at the base where they attach the skin. Once removed, the skin should be disinfected thoroughly. Always keep removed ticks in a closed container for a couple of weeks, until sure you did not catch an infection.

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