What Is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?

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Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is an infectious disease that belongs to a group of diseases known as the spotted fever group rickettsioses. It is caused by infection with the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii (R. rickettsii), which is usually transmitted by a tick bite. Without prompt treatment, Rocky Mountain spotted fever can cause serious damage to internal organs, such as your kidneys and heart. Although it was first identified in the Rocky Mountains, Rocky Mountain spotted fever is most commonly found in the southeastern part of the United States. Keyword: rocky mountain fever; rocky mountain tick fever; rocky mountain spotted fever
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Does severe swelling of the legs and smothering from the lungs part of the symptoms of rocky .mountain fever
No. Common symptoms of this condition include:

    High fever
    Chills
    Severe headache
    Muscle aches
    Nausea and vomiting
    Confusion or other neurological changes

Severe swelling of the legs and difficulty breathing are more suggestive of lung embolism, which is often accompanied by deep vein thrombus of the legs. You may need to get a blood test to measure D-dimer levels, which is an indicator of thrombus.
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