Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) in Children

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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.
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