Coyotes’ Doan has ‘some form of Rocky Mountain fever disease’

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It appears we have an answer to the question, what’s wrong with Shane Doan?

“It looks like some form of Rocky Mountain fever disease,” Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said Friday, per the Arizona Republic. “Our medical team is on top of it. Every day he seems like he’s getting a little better and a little more energy and has started to exercise a little more. We’re encouraged. He’s trending in a positive manner and for us. It’s just going to take time.”

Doan last played Dec. 4. The 37-year-old’s status is week-to-week, according to Maloney.

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a tickborne disease caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii. This organism is a cause of potentially fatal human illness in North and South America, and is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected tick species.

“It’s certainly not to the point that we’re worried that he’ll never return,” Maloney said. “But it is my understanding that it’s an illness that responds to medication. Everybody’s different.”