Definition of Rocky mountain spotted fever

1. Noun. Caused by rickettsial bacteria and transmitted by wood ticks.

Exact synonyms: Mountain Fever, Tick Fever
Generic synonyms: Spotted Fever

Medical Definition of Rocky mountain spotted fever

1. An acute febrile (feverish) disease initially recognised in the Rocky Mountain states, caused by Rickettsia rickettsii transmitted by hard-shelled (ixodid) ticks. Occurs only in the Western Hemisphere. The disease is characterised by sudden onset of headache, chills and fever which can persist for 2-3 weeks, muscle pain. A characteristic rash appears on the extremities and trunk about the 4th day of illness. The rickettsiae grow within damaged cells lining blood vessels which may become blocked by clots. Blood vessel inflammation (vasculitis) is widespread Early recognition of the condition and prompt antibiotic treatment is important in reducing mortality. Synonym: spotted fever, tick fever, and tick typhus. (25 Jun 1999)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

rocky mountain spotted fever (current term)
rocky road
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Literary usage of Rocky mountain spotted fever

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1. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler, Thomas McCrae (1916)
"rocky mountain spotted fever; TICK FEVER In the Bitter-root Valley of Montana and in the mountains of Idaho, Nevada, and Wyoming there is an acute infection ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1908)
"... the condition was dependent upon a decrease in the capacity of the red cells for the absorption of oxygen. Immunity in rocky mountain spotted fever. ..."

3. The Philippine Journal of Science by Philippines Bureau of Science (1908)
"KING, WW Experimental Transmission of Rocky Mountain spotted fever by ... Further Observations on rocky mountain spotted fever and Dermacentor occidentalis. ..."

4. Household Bacteriology for Students in Domestic Sciences by Estelle Denis Buchanan, Robert Earle Buchanan (1913)
"VIRUS OF rocky mountain spotted fever Spotted fever or Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a disease which was first noted because of its virulence in the ..."

5. A Text-book of General Bacteriology by Edwin Oakes Jordan (1921)
"Tsutsugamushi disease is a Japanese disease very similar to Rocky Mountain spotted fever both clinically and in its singular restriction to certain ..."

6. A Text-book of the Practice of Medicine by James Meschter Anders (1915)
"rocky mountain spotted fever. con- Historic Note. — This disease has been known in the valley of te Bitter Root River, in Western Montana, during the past ..."

7. A Text-book of the practice of medicine by James Meschter Anders, John Herr Musser (1907)
"rocky mountain spotted fever. Historic Note.—This disease has been known in the valley of the Bitter Root River, in Western Montana, during the past twenty ..."

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