How is ehrlichiosis treated?
Ehrlichiosis treated with the antibiotics, usually doxycycline. This antibiotic is effective for both adults and children. Symptoms usually improve rapidly in the first few days.
In more severe cases, intravenous (IV) antibiotics are administered at a hospital until symptoms improve.
The infection is fatal in 2-5% of people who do not receive timely treatment. Deaths happen most often among children younger than 10 years old and adults aged 70 or older. People with weak immune systems or other serious health problems are more likely to have severe symptoms.