Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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RMSF Underlying Cause

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is caused by bacteria, called Rickettsia rickettsii.

These bacteria are transmitted from animals to humans through the bite of an infected tick.

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Last Updated: Oct 5, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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