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How can you get rocky mountain spotted fever from ticks?

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You can get Rocky Mountain spotted fever from the American dog tick, Rocky Mountain wood tick, and brown dog tick. Despite the name, it’s most common in the Southeast. It usually starts with a bad headache and high fever. Most people then get a rash that starts on their ankles and wrists and spreads from there.

Doctors treat it with antibiotics. If it’s not treated, RMSF is life-threatening. It damages your small blood vessels, which can cause swelling in the brain, heart, and lungs.

SOURCES:

Medscape: “Tick-Borne Diseases.”

Illinois Department of Public Health: “Common Ticks.”

Purdue University, Medical Entomology, “Ticks.”

CDC: “Life Cycle of Hard Ticks That Spread Disease,” “Geographic Distribution of Ticks That Bite Humans,” “Lyme Disease,” “Symptoms of Tickborne Illness,” “Tickborne Diseases of the United States,” “Anaplasmosis,” “Babesiosis,” “What you need to know about  ,” “Colorado Tick Fever,” “Powassan Virus,” “Other Tick-borne Spotted Fever Rickettsial Infections,” “Tick-borne Relapsing Fever (TBRF),” “Tularemia.” Borrelia miyamotoi

University of Rhode Island TickEncounter Resource Center: “How to Remove a Tick.”

State of Michigan: “Ticks and Your Health.”

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, “Tick Management Handbook.”

Mayo Clinic: “Lyme Disease,” “Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Meat Allergy.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

Medscape: “Tick-Borne Diseases.”

Illinois Department of Public Health: “Common Ticks.”

Purdue University, Medical Entomology, “Ticks.”

CDC: “Life Cycle of Hard Ticks That Spread Disease,” “Geographic Distribution of Ticks That Bite Humans,” “Lyme Disease,” “Symptoms of Tickborne Illness,” “Tickborne Diseases of the United States,” “Anaplasmosis,” “Babesiosis,” “What you need to know about  ,” “Colorado Tick Fever,” “Powassan Virus,” “Other Tick-borne Spotted Fever Rickettsial Infections,” “Tick-borne Relapsing Fever (TBRF),” “Tularemia.” Borrelia miyamotoi

University of Rhode Island TickEncounter Resource Center: “How to Remove a Tick.”

State of Michigan: “Ticks and Your Health.”

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, “Tick Management Handbook.”

Mayo Clinic: “Lyme Disease,” “Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Meat Allergy.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

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