We all know that a tick bite can result in different health ailments like the Lyme disease, babesiosis, tularemia among others. A kind of tick, called the Lone Star, has been referred to as the one responsible to carry a type of infectious organism, which can cause a person to become allergic to red meat.

On the other hand, certain other kinds of ticks can infect a person with a health ailment called as Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), which is a deadly disease that comes under the category known as Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis, or SFR.

Over eleven SFR cases per million people had been recorded in the US in the year 2014, as per the data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The first ever death case due to RMSF was recorded in the state of Wisconsin in July, announced the Department of Health Services of the state.

After the announcement, the health officer urged the Wisconsin residents to take measures in order to protect themselves as well as their families from getting bit by ticks while they enjoy their time outdoors.

The tick species which can cause RMSF are the American dog tick found mainly in the Western, Central and Eastern part of the country and the infected Rock Mountain wood ticks found in Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and certain states having Rocky Mountain.

According to CDC, around 60% of the RMSF cases are recorded in states such as Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Missouri and North Carolina.

The common symptoms of the disease include headache, fever, nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, pain in the muscles, etc.

In some cases, RMSF can also result in a rash, that generally develops 2 to 4 days after the person is hit by fever, said the CDC.

The best way to get treated for RMSF is to consult a doctor as soon as you see the symptoms or else, the disease can prove to be fatal, warns the CDC.


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