Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever causes deaths in Coahuila and Sonora, Mexico

Officials of the Health Ministry of Coahuila have reported 8 cases of tick borne Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, 4 of whom have been confirmed by laboratory testing. There have been two recent deaths from this disease in young children. These cases were reported from Saltillo, Torreon and Parras de la Fuente.

Meanwhile, the state of Sonora has reported a total of 118 cases, principally from Cajeme, Guaymas, and Hermosillo, so far this year.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever, has been identified 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.

Global Monitoring To Keep You Safe While You Travel

Sign up your trip to receive real-time, exclusive travel alerts to help you stay safe while away from home.