spotted fever

noun

Definition of spotted fever

: any of various eruptive fevers: such as
a : typhus

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Ticks can also pass on other diseases, including Lyme disease and spotted fever illnesses, although those are rare in San Diego County. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hikers cautioned after Sorrento Valley ticks test positive for ‘rabbit fever’," 30 Aug. 2019 Those in Prater’s state of Kentucky have been reported to carry spotted fever rickettsiosis, a potentially fatal disease that causes fevers, headaches and muscle aches, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Kentucky Man With Eye 'Irritation' Learns He Has a Tick Stuck in His Eye," 17 July 2019 In Asia this tick has also been known to transmit potentially deadly viruses including ones that cause Japanese spotted fever and severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome—conditions that can cause fever, vomiting and multiple organ failure. Melinda Wenner Moyer, Scientific American, "Tick Discovery Highlights How Few Answers We Have about These Bugs in the U.S.," 26 June 2018

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1623, in the meaning defined above

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spotted fever

noun

Medical Definition of spotted fever

: any of various eruptive fevers: as

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