Deaths due to Rocky Mountain Spotted fever in Mexicali, Mexico

Among 17 suspected cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted fever reported this year statewide, 2 people in Mexicali have died, 2 have recovered, 3 are still waiting for lab results and 10 were negative for this infection.

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 fields and forests whenever possible. Daily tick checks and prompt removal of an attached tick will help to reduce the risk of infection.

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