Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Recurrent Fever

Recurrent fever is an infectious disease caused by three different species of bacteria: Berrelia recurrentis, Bartonella quintana, and Rickettsia prowazeki, which are spirochetes (spiral-shaped) bacteria transmitted to man through the bite of blood-sucking insects, such as ticks and lice. Symptoms of recurrent fever are high fever, chills, headaches, etc. Although the fever recedes after a period of 4 or 5 days, it recurs  six or seven days later. Treatment consists of antibiotics administration, such as penicillin, tetracycline, and erythromycin.