Talk:Rocky Mountain spotted fever

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Disease in animals[edit]

While I eventually found the answers to my questions, it seems that that this article need not be so human-centric. Dogs and other animals get the disease, too! Web-DVM Seems like some of this should be included in this article...? Samatva (talk) 19:53, 30 April 2012 (UTC)


The vast majority of this page comes from the CDC website (listed at the bottom of the article.) There are no copyrights evident on the article, and some searching of the site didn't bring up any more. I'm making the assumption for now that this document was written by employees of the CDC and is therefore public domain. Dachshund 00:38 Sep 13, 2002 (UTC)

The CDC is an agency of the US Department of Health and Human services; as such, any material it produces itself is not eligible for copyright. Of course, nothing prevents a government web site from using someone else's copyrighted material with permission, or subcontracting work to a private business that can retain IP, but elsewhere on the CDC site there are copyright notices for such cases (for example, the image library specifically notes that certain images are copyrighted). So it's probably a safe bet that the text appearing here without such notices is in fact CDC text, and therefore public domain. At any rate, I'd leave it alone unless someone actually complains. --LDC

I made small grammatical changes to this article and took out unnecessary words in sentences. I think there could be a lot of expansion on the biology of it, not just the types of medical tests used but how they work in this situation. Plantlover95 (talk) 06:20, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

I think this is a much earlier reference to "black measles": Two of his little girls died of it in 1870, in Salt Lake City. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Lorirobb (talkcontribs) 18:34, 27 August 2009 (UTC)

I am planning to expand on this article there are some sources that I have found any input would be much appreciated. La Scola, B., & Raoult, D. (1997). Laboratory diagnosis of rickettsioses: current approaches to diagnosis of old and new rickettsial diseases. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 35(11), 2715–2727 Oliver Jr., J. H. (1989). BIOLOGY AND SYSTEMATICS OF TICKS (ACARI:IXODIDA). Annual Review Of Ecology & Systematics, 20397-430. Roux, V., Fournier, P. E., & Raoult, D. (1996). Differentiation of spotted fever group rickettsiae by sequencing and analysis of restriction fragment length polymorphism of PCR-amplified DNA of the gene encoding the protein rOmpA. Journal Of Clinical Microbiology, 34(9), 2058-2065. Parola, P., & Raoult, D. (2001). Ticks and Tickborne Bacterial Diseases in Humans: An Emerging Infectious Threat. Clinical Infectious Diseases, (6). 897.2015evolution7 (talk) 00:38, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

These sources are quite old. Newer secondary sources (i.e., within the last 5 years) would be preferable. Please see WP:MEDRS. If you need any help tracking down high-quality reliable sources, let me know and I would be happy to lend you a hand. TylerDurden8823 (talk) 05:21, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

In Canada?[edit]

Does the rocky mountain fever occur Canada? 03:31, 28 June 2007 (UTC)

Yes, it does. Nishkid64 (talk) 20:51, 23 October 2007 (UTC)

Mountain spotted fever include advanced age, male sex, African-American race, chronic alcohol abuse, and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency. Deficiency of G6PD is a sex-linked genetic condition affecting approximately 12% of the U.S. African-American male population —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:53, 9 March 2009 (UTC)

New reporting name[edit]

I am not sure if the information below is useful or important. It is from the CDC . Wondering if anyone else thinks it is important if so feel free to incorporate it, I won't be checking back. Thanks

"As of January 1, 2010, cases of RMSF are reported under a new category called Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis (including Rocky Mountain spotted fever). This change was made to better reflect the scope of cases being reported under the previous heading of RMSF, as many of those cases were not identified as being specifically caused by R. rickettsii." Mantion (talk) 01:53, 31 March 2011 (UTC)

Disease transmission from horses to humans[edit]

Although horses don't get RSMF, they do get mane and tail infestations. Particularly dangerous are the mane involvements, as the infestation is often right about where the rider's hands hover. Even if its not yet a crawling mass of ticks (yeah, pretty gross), even a few ticks could get on the hand or knees and become vectors. “Although clinical disease occurs in both animals and people, the involvement of a required intermediate tick vector for transmission means dogs and other infected animals do not pose a direct transmission risk in normal circumstances. Infection in dogs indicates a heightened risk of human infections related to tick exposure in a given area, and serologic studies of dogs in emerging areas may help predict human risk of infection.”

Please consider adding a section on the potential for concern where pets are involved. Thank you, Soltera. Soltera (talk) 17:44, 12 June 2014 (UTC)

Expanding on Cause (mechanism of pathogenicity)[edit]

I like the article. I am contributing by adding information about how the bacteria invades the host cell as well as strategies and virulence factors that it uses. This will enhance the reader's understanding of what occurs on a cellular level. SSossamon (talk) 18:15, 17 December 2015 (UTC)

Terrific, please do! And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask me, I would be happy to help. TylerDurden8823 (talk) 04:12, 18 December 2015 (UTC)