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2008-07-04 15:00:41

By Jeremy Higgins, McAlester News-Capital, Okla. Jul. 4--Summertime means no school and lots of time for fun in the sun for most people. The summer months also bring out insects and other pests that could be hazardous to your health. One potentially deadly health concern during this time of year is Rocky Mountain spotted fever. According to the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Rocky Mountain spotted fever is the most severe and...


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2011-04-25 21:24:26

Rickettsia rickettsii is a gram-negative bacterium native to the New World and causes the malady known as Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF). It is transmitted through the bit of an infected tick when it feeds on animals and humans. Humans are not necessary hosts in the rickettsia-tick life cycle but they can be. S. Burt Wolbach created the first detailed description of the etiologic agent in 1919. He recognized it as an intracellular bacterium seen most frequently in endothelial cells....

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