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The Rise Of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Posted by Jennifer Smith on

Since the 1970s, Lyme Disease has been the main concern and focus of all the tick diseases in the United States. However, recently there have been other tick illnesses making headlines that are leading adventure seekers to choose to stay indoors including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, another painful tick disease.

The CDC says 2017 saw a record number of cases reported, totaling 6,248 compared to 4,269 the previous year - but the numbers are only worsening as more states are being added to the list with infected tick occurrences. In 2018, the CDC declared Tennessee to be a top state where RMSF is most common as well as North Carolina, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma

Because there is no cure for RMSF, the CDC advises homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts to take precautionary steps to decrease the chances of contracting RMSF including:

  1. Deer-proofing yards to keep away ticks;
  2. Using insect repellents containing DEET;
  3. Checking yourself and pets for ticks after outdoor activities;

Removing ticks with tick removal tools - not fingers; nail polish or lighters.

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A woman in her 50's died this week from a wood tick bite back in May. The woman was camping when bit by the tick. She obtained Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever shortly after the bite; and felt signs of tick infection including: fever, rash, nausea, headaches and stomach pains. “We are saddened to learn of this [...]

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Tick Disease Threatens Williamsburg, VA

A walk through the woods can be more dangerous than one might expect.The Virginia Peninsula is prime territory for the confluence of several species of disease carrying parasites; aka ticks. That means Greater Williamsburg in particular could see a rise in diseases carried by ticks.“I think we have started witnessing this increase a little bit [...]

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Tick-Borne Disease Kills 2-Year-Old Girl

(CNN) A 2-year-old Indianapolis girl died Sunday of what doctors suspect is Rocky Mountain spotted fever, a disease spread by ticks. Her aunt, Jordan Clapp, described how Kenley Ratliff's illness began: "She started with a fever of 100.8. That was at the first hospital. We were advised to keep her hydrated and rested. Her [...]

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