Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever - Location

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Where do most cases of RMSF occur in the U.S.?

Cases of RMSF have been reported from most areas of the country, and the disease is not restricted to the Rocky Mountain region. In fact, Arkansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Tennessee account for over 60% of reported cases. In 2008, there were approximately 2,500 cases reported in the U.S., which is more than twice as many cases as were reported annually in the 1990s.

Reported incidence of RMSF per million people in 2008
Reported incidence of RMSF per million people in 2008; NN=not reported. SOURCE: CDC.
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Comment from: Debbie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I found a tick on my shoulder about a month ago went to the DR. to have it removed. I felt fine until a week ago...I thought I had vertigo or an inner ear infection. After a blood test they found I had RMSF. I am 500mg Amoxicilian..I started to feel better but now I am continually dizzy..which is a symptom I have not found for this on any web site!

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Comment from: LMGRMSFWTF, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

After several years of various illnesses (two flu/year after receiving flu shots), atrial fibrillation, bradycardia, virus, shingles, chronic fatigue, headaches, muscle weakness, difficulty concentrating, migraines, stomach problems, etc.), and multiple doctor visits (including specialists), I finally received a diagnosis of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF). I never had a rash and the last tick bite I remember was at least 4 years ago. I received one round (two weeks) of doxycycline treatment. I still have headaches, chronic fatigue, weakness and stomach problems a month after treatment. I asked about seeing an infectious disease specialist but was told they would give the same treatment. I"m being sent to an immunologist for testing now. The fatigue is the worst! My doctor said that even after a few months, her patients with the illness have said they are just starting to feel "a little bit better".

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