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Alternative Names Spotted fever Symptoms Symptoms usually develop about 2 to 14 days after the tick bite. They may include: Chills Fever Severe headache Muscle pain Mental confusion Rash -- usually starts a few days after the fever; first appears on wrists and ankles as spots that are 1 - 5 mm in diameter, then spreads to most of the body. About one-third of infected people do not get a rash at all. Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease: Abnormal sensitivity to light Diarrhea Excessive thirst Hallucinations Loss of appetite Nausea Vomiting Signs and tests Tests that may be done include: Antibody titer by complement fixation or immunofluorescence Kidney function tests Platelet count Partial thromboplastin time (PTT) Prothrombin time (PT) Red blood cell count Skin biopsy taken from the rash to check for R. rickettsii Urinalysis to check for blood in the urine or protein in the urine
Alternative Names Ebola virus infection; Viral hemorrhagic fever Symptoms During the incubation period, which can last about 1 week, symptoms include: Arthritis Backache (low-back pain) Chills Diarrhea Fatigue Fever Headache Malaise Nausea Sore throat Vomiting Late symptoms include: Bleeding from eyes, ears, and nose Bleeding from the mouth and rectum ( gastrointestinal bleeding ) Depression Eye inflammation ( conjunctivitis ) Genital swelling (labia and scrotum ) Increased feeling of pain in skin Rash over the entire body that often contains blood ( hemorrhagic ) Roof of mouth looks red Seizures, coma , delirium As many as 90% of patients die from the disease. Patients usually die from shock rather than from blood loss. Signs and tests There may be signs and symptoms of: Coma Disseminated intravascular coagulation Shock Tests used to diagnose Ebola fever include: CBC Electrolytes Tests of how well the blood will clot (coagulation studies) Tests to show whether someone has been exposed to the Ebola virus
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