Rocky Mountain spotted fever

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Family Says Girl, 2, Died After Tick Bite

Doctors suspect it was Rocky Mountain spotted fever

(Newser) - A grieving family in Indiana wants a little girl's death to raise awareness of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which, despite the name, has been found in almost every state and has killed people a long way from the Rocky Mountains. Doctors believe the tick-borne illness caused the death of... More »

Oklahoma Mom's Limbs Amputated After Tick Bite

6 days after a Grand Lake holiday trip, Jo Rogers' organs shut down

(Newser) - A Fourth of July hike to see waterfalls near Grand Lake, Okla., took a bad turn once Jo Rogers and her husband, Keith, got home. Soon after their return, Keith tells ABC News , Jo didn't feel well and suspected the flu. But as Jo got sicker and so lethargic... More »

Get Ready for Tick-Filled Summer

Warm weather means pests will be out early

(Newser) - This unseasonably warm weather has been nice, right? Sure, except that experts believe tick activity is starting sooner than usual, meaning that "this is going to be a horrific season, especially for Lyme," one expert says. Lyme disease is just one of the many diseases transmitted by ticks,... More »

Teen Paralyzed by Tick Bite

Experts recommend frequent checks to stop toxin as quickly as possible

(Newser) - A 13-year-old Washington boy was temporarily paralyzed last week by a bite from a tick embedded in his hairline, the Seattle Times reports. Though extremely rare, such paralysis is a risk in Western states, where Rocky Mountain wood ticks and American dog ticks are most prevalent. A tick left untreated... More »

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