Rickettsia – Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Masquerading as Gastroenteritis
The recent article by Braun et al. explains the importance of test for Ricketissa tick-borne infection. This infection can hide numerous symptoms like fever, rash, gastrointestinal symptoms such as anorexia, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
It is important to test for Rickettsia in order to help identifying infection rapidly as well as avoid expensive workups and invasive procedures which may delay the needed treatment.
To ensure the detection of Rickettsia infections, R.E.D. Laboratories propose the new Phage Rickettsia test which can uncover a broad range of Rickettsias: Rickettsia japonica (multiple strains); Rickettsia heilongjiangensis (multiple strains); Rickettsia parkeri (multiple strains); Rickettsia raoultii (multiple strains); Rickettsia rickettsia (multiple strains); Rickettsia slovaca (multiple strains); Rickettsia montanensis; Rickettsia peacocki; Rickettsia africae; Rickettsia conorii.
- https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/08/16/new-tick-causes-epidemic-of-rmsf/ It’s usually spread by the American dog tick and the closely related Rocky Mountain wood tick. But in recent years the bacterial infection has also been spread by the brown dog tick — a completely different species.