What's new in Rocky Mountain spotted fever?

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) remains an important illness despite an effective therapy because it is difficult to diagnose and is capable of producing a fatal outcome. The pathogenesis of RMSF remains, in large part, an enigma. However, recent research has helped shed light on this mystery. Importantly, the diagnosis of RMSF must be considered in all febrile patients who have known or possible exposure to ticks, especially if they live in or have traveled to endemic regions during warmer months. Decisions about giving empiric therapy to such patients are difficult and require skill and careful judgement.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chen, LF; Sexton, DJ

Published Date

  • September 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 415 - viii

PubMed ID

  • 18755382

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0891-5520

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.idc.2008.03.008


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States