Spotted Fever

  • Reid W. Masters


Spotted fever refers to a group of diseases, includes Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) and Mediterranean spotted fever, which are caused by Rickettsiae, a gram-negative bacterium that is transmitted during feeding by the arthropod vector (tick, flea, or mite).


Tick-borne illness Rickettsia Rocky-mountain spotted fever RMSF 

Suggested Readings

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    Chapman A, Bakken JS, Folk SM, et al. Tickborne Rickettsial Diseases Working Group. Diagnosis and management of tickborne rickettsial diseases: Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis—United States. MMWR Recomm Rep. 2006;55:1–27.PubMedGoogle Scholar
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    Masters EJ, Olson GS, Weiner SJ, Paddock CD. Rocky Mountain spotted fever: a clinician’s dilemma. Arch Intern Med. 2003;163(7):769–74.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Walker DH. Rickettsiae and rickettsial infections: the current state of knowledge. Clin Infect Dis. 2007;45S:39–44.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reid W. Masters
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  1. 1.Department of DermatologyVirginia Mason Medical CenterSeattleUSA

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