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What does it mean? Rocky Mountain spotted fever

An acute febrile illness caused by Rickettsia
rickettsii (genus Rickettsia, family
Rickettsiaceae). It is transmitted to humans by
bites of infected ticks and occurs only in North
and South America. Characteristics include a
sudden onset with headache and chills and fever
lasting about two to three weeks. A cutaneous rash
commonly appears on the extremities and trunk
about the fourth day of illness.

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