Increase in cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever in Tennessee, USA

Health authorities have reported an increase in cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever compared to the same time period last year. So far, a total of 304 cases have been recorded. Ticks that carry this infection are more abundant this year after a mild winter and spring.

Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to Rock Mountain Spotted Fever 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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