Wednesday, April 11, 2018

COCA Call Tomorrow: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Credit CDC


While Lyme disease is the most prevalent tickborne illness in the United States (est. as many as 300,000 cases a year), it is far from the only disease threat posed by these blood sucking arachnids.

The CDC maintains a long (and growing) list of of tick borne pathogens available in North America, including:
Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Borrelia miyamotoi, Colorado tick fever, Ehrlichiosis, Heartland virus, Lyme disease, Powassan disease, Rickettsia parkeri rickettsiosis ,Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), STARI (Southern tick-associated rash illness)Tickborne relapsing fever (TBRF), Tularemia,364D rickettsiosis
As the number (and geographic range) of these diseases grow, it becomes increasingly challenging to properly diagnose and manage patients early in their illness.

Tomorrow the CDC will hold a COCA Call for healthcare providers to discuss a growing threat in the United States; Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Between 1993 and 2012, the United States saw a 10-fold increase in cases (424 to 4470), and despite its name, it is most common in the Central and Eastern United States (North Carolina, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri).
Although primarily of interest to clinicians, the CDC holds frequent COCA (Clinician Outreach Communication Activity) calls which are designed to ensure that practitioners have up-to-date information for their practices.

Details on attending tomorrow's COCA Call follow:

A Leopard without Spots: Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Free Continuing Education
Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Time: 2:00pm (Eastern Time)

Follow these steps to earn free continuing education.

Please join the COCA Call webinar with digital audio, video and presentation formats from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device. 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Or iPhone one-tap:
US: +14086380968,,741965880# or +16468769923,,741965880#
Or Telephone:
US: +1 408 638 0968 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833
International numbers available:
Webinar ID: 741 965 880

For some earlier COCA Calls on tickborne diseases, you may wish to revisit:
Upcoming COCA Call: The Changing Distribution of Ticks and Tick-borne Infection (2017)

Upcoming COCA Call : Recognizing And Managing Tickborne Illnesses (2016)

CDC: Upcoming COCA Call On Tickborne Diseases (2014)

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