3 new cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever in Coahuila, Mexico

With 3 new confirmed cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever in the state of Coahuila (Torreón, Parras, Ramos Arizpe and Saltillo) , the total has reached 13. Eight of the 13 cases have died. Rocky Mountain spotted fever has been found in southern Canada, the USA, northern Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, and Argentina. This illness is transmitted through the bite of infected ticks.

Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to this infection by avoiding tick habitats such as woods, fields and forests whenever possible. Daily tick checks and prompt removal of an attached tick will help to reduce the risk of infection.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

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