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Relapsing fever is an infectious disease that can be passed to humans by ticks. Relapsing fever is most common in the western United States.
Symptoms usually start 3 to 11 days (average 6 days) after the tick bite. They may last for several days, go away, and then return (relapse) several days later. Symptoms of relapsing fever include:
Prescription medicine is used to treat relapsing fever.
Last Revised: July 5, 2013
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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