Relapsing Fever

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Definition

Relapsing fever is an infection transferred by a tick or a louse which is characterized by repeated episodes of fever. Other names for relapsing fever are tick-borne relapsing fever and louse-borne relapsing fever.

Diagnosis

Lab studies: hematologic study, blood tests Chest radiography and hepatobiliary ultrasonography for cases of pulmonary or hepatic manifestations dominate, ECG

Treatment

Involves mostly antibiotics such as tetracycline, doxycycline, or penicillin

Symptoms and Signs

Sudden occurrence of fever Rigors Neck stiffness and headache Nausea Vomiting Myalgia (muscle aches) Arthralgia (joint aches) Bleeding Seizures/fits Unsteady gait Face is drooping Coma Weakness

Causes

The two bacteria that cause the relapsing fever are Borrelia recurrentis and Borrelia duttoni that belongs to the Borrelia family.

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