Diagnosis and Testing

  • The signs and symptoms of spotted fevers are similar to those of many other diseases. See your health care provider if you develop the signs or symptoms of spotted fevers.
  • Be sure to tell your health care provider if you become ill and have recently been bitten by a tick, exposed to mice, or have spent time in areas where ticks or mice may be found.
  • Your health care provider may order certain blood tests to look for evidence of spotted fever infection.
  • The results of these tests can take weeks. If your health care provider thinks your illness might be a spotted fever, he or she should recommend antibiotic treatment before results are available.