What is RMSF, a disease for which the US warns tourists traveling to Mexico?


Loss Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from the United States (CDCfor its acronym in English) issued a health notice in which they alerted the population about the outbreak of a serious disease, which occurred among people who had recently traveled to Mexico.

The diagnosed disease is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, whose acronym in English is RMSF, which means “Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.”

The CDC reported that RMSF occurred in people from the United States who traveled to the city of Tecate, located in the state of Baja California, in the Republic of Mexico.

What is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF)?

the RMSF is a serious, rapidly progressive and often fatal disease transmitted by the bite of infected ticks, although many patients do not remember being bitten by one of these animals, according to information from the CDC.

Read Also:  The American presenter regretted "closing the doors" of Meghan Markle and did not invite her to his program

According to data provided by the Medline Plus portal, RMFS is caused by bacteria Rickettsia rickettsii (R Rickettsii), which is carried by ticks and passes to humans through a bite.

This disease is endemic in northern Mexico and various areas of the southwestern United States, including the states of Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila and Nuevo León.

What are the symptoms of RMSF?

Loss symptom of RMSF is as follows:

  • Chills and fever
  • confusion
  • Headache
  • Dolor is muscular
  • A skin rash, which usually appears days after the fever

Data provided by the CDC show that approximately 1 in every thousand ticks carry the bacteria. Although the bacteria can also infect people who crush these insects without gloves.

Read Also:  Marin County Health Care Coalition changes position as part of advocacy efforts

The disease known as RMSF It progresses rapidly and can be fatal if not treated with doxycycline within the first 5 days.