Colorado Tick Fever Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Aug 05, 2019
  • Author: Shawn J Sethi, DO; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Failure to exclude the treatable tick-borne diseases (eg, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and relapsing fever) and other serious bacterial infections is a potential diagnostic pitfall.

Because this virus can be transmitted by blood transfusion, it is important to inquire about recent transfusions in patients with febrile illnesses (not just Colorado tick fever) and ensure that the patient does not donate blood for 6 months.

Differential Diagnoses