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What is Rocky Mountain spotted fever?
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 United States.
What causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever?
You can catch RMSF by being bitten by an infected tick. It's not spread from one person to another, not just in one area.
Is Rocky Mountain spotted fever common?
It affects about 250 to 1,200 people a year in the United States and usually occurs from April until September, but it can occur anytime during the year where weather is warm. The mid-Atlantic and southeastern states are most affected. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the people most at risk include:
What are the symptoms of Rocky Mountain spotted fever?
While symptoms may vary child-to-child, the most common include:
Can you prevent Rocky Mountain spotted fever?
To prevent your child from getting RMSF to begin with, be sure to walk on cleared paths and pavement through wooded areas and fields when possible. Also, have your child follow these steps when spending time outdoors:
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