Death due to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in Minas Gerais, Brazil

A young man has died from Rocky Mountain spotted fever (also known as Brazilian spotted fever and febre maculosa) in the region of Pampulha in Belo Horizonte. In the last 4 years, only 2 patients were diagnosed with the disease in the city, without any deaths.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever has been found in southern Canada, the USA, northern Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, and Argentina. It 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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