June 2008, Volume 38 Number 6 , p 19 - 19
Snow, Michelle RN, BSN, MSHR, PhD
Issue: Volume 38(6), June 2008, p 19 Publication Type: [Department: upFront: COMBATING INFECTION] Publisher: © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Michelle Snow is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Administrative Services at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.
CARRIED BY TICKS, Rickettsia rickettsii bacteria cause Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF). In the western United States, the infection is transmitted to humans through the wood tick; in the east it's transmitted by the dog tick. The disease's name is misleading—most cases occur in the eastern United States. About 1,000 cases of RMSF are reported each year.
R. rickettsii is transmitted from tick to host via the tick's saliva. Prime season for tick bites is April through September, but disease transmission is rare ...