Spotted Fevers: Symptoms of Rickettsia Infections


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How is Rocky Mountain spotted fever initially diagnosed?

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1. What is the cause of Rocky Mountain spotted fever?

2. Which of the following statements about Rickettsia is TRUE?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Rickettsia infections are caused by tick bites. While this bacteria is found all over the world, ticks in the United States can transmit a bacterial strand that causes the onset of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. This quiz/worksheet combination will check your understanding of diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment of this potentially fatal bacterial infection.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test students on the following topics:

  • Diagnosis and common symptoms of Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Facts about Rickettsia bacteria
  • Causes of rash associated with the fever

Skills Practiced

Students taking this quiz will practice these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on characteristics of Rickettsia infections
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Rickettsia
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding diagnosis, symptoms, and causes of Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Additional Learning

The lesson titled Spotted Fevers: Symptoms of Rickettsia Infections provides in-depth information on infections and subsequent progression to Rocky Mountain spotted fever. This lesson contains the following objectives:

  • Explain the importance of blood vessel biopsies and antibody detection blood tests as part of a thorough diagnosis
  • Introduce standard treatment procedures for Rickettsia infections
  • Analyze epidemiology of Rocky Mountain spotted fever