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.