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Wisconsin Resident Dies From Tick Bite

Posted by Jennifer Smith on 11th Jul 2018

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 death and encourage Wisconsin residents to take steps to protect themselves and their families from tick bites while enjoying the outdoors,” said Karen McKeown, State Health Officer.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is rare in Wisconsin as is the presence of a wood tick. 

Because spring and summer are the peak seasons for tick activity, keep an eye out for ticks in yards and wooded areas; and know how to accurately remove a tick. #TickDiseasePrevention

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