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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

DESCRIPTION

Rickettsia transmitted by ticks

CAUSE

Fever from bite by an infected tick

SYMPTOMS

Sudden onset of fever, severe headache, muscle pain, red rash three to six days after onset of symptoms that spreads to the palms of hands and soles of feet and then to the rest of the body.

TREATMENT

Seek medical attention from a physician

PREVENTION

Avoid tick-infested habitats during spring and early summer.
Use personal protection, such as wearing pants and shirts with long sleeves.

OTHER FACTS

Animal hosts include wild rodents.

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