Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF)
Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is an infection caused by a type of bacteria carried by ticks. Despite its name, cases of RMSF have been reported throughout the entire United States, not just in one area.
- Most cases occur in children.
- Peak time to catch it is between April to September.
- You can help prevent it by helping your child avoid tick bites, including proper dress and insect repellent.
- Treatment usually includes antibiotics.
- Complications are rare, but could be serious.
- Once your child has the infection, she cannot get it again.