Watch Out for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Watch Out for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever first appeared on the Backyard Bug Patrol blog.

When you think of diseases spread by ticks, the first one that springs to mind is usually Lyme disease. A debilitating illness that can go unnoticed, sometimes for years and quite often misdiagnosed. However, there is also another ‘killer’ that you should be aware of that is also transmitted by a tick bite and it’s called Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Here’s an article with some more information:-

The Lone Star Tick May Be Spreading A New Disease Across America

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is caused by a bacterium called Rickettsia rickettsii that lives in American dog ticks. For the last few decades, a different kind of tick typically associated with the Southeastern United States had been expanding its range north and west. It’s called the lone star tick, and it’s a bitey one.

The Lone Star tick is known to be quite an aggressive tick. Sadly, a recent case involving an Oklahoma woman who was bitten by a tick has resulted in her losing her limbs.

More than ever, we need to protect ourselves from ticks and other disease spreading insects such as the deadly mosquito.

What you need to know about mosquitoes
Birds and some other groups of animals carry their own species of Plasmodium, which is also transmitted by mosquitoes, but they do not cause malaria in humans. Mosquitoes also carry many other disease-causing organisms such as yellow fever virus, West Nile virus …and more »

If you have any concerns regarding your health and the possibility of a tick borne virus or mosquito transmitted disease, seek medical attention immediately. The difference in days can be a difference in life or death.

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