Short report: concurrent Rocky Mountain spotted fever in a dog and its owner.

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  • 1 Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, USA.

A sequential occurrence of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) in a dog and its owner is described. Diagnosis of RMSF in the animal guided subsequent testing for and diagnosis of the same disease in the human patient. Previous reports of concurrent RMSF in dogs and their owners are reviewed, and the epidemiologic significance of this occurrence is discussed.

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