With the exception of salmonellosis, deaths from Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) * have exceeded those of other reportable zoonoses in the United States for most of the past six decades. [1,2] Rabies was the predominant cause of zoonotic death prior to 1950; Lyme disease and West Nile fever since 2000.
* Since 2010, reporting of “Rocky Mountain spotted fever” has been broadened to include related diseases – under the heading “Spotted fever rickettsiosis”
1. Berger S. Infectious Diseases of the United States, 2018. 3,166 pages , 510 graphs , 17,038 references. Gideon e-books, https://www.gideononline.com/ebooks/country/infectious-diseases-of-the-united-states/
2. Gideon e-Gideon multi-graph tool, https://www.gideononline.com/cases/multi-graphs/