Rocky Mountain spotted fever in Piracicaba, Brazil (summary)

So far in 2012, there have been 8 deaths due to Rocky Mountain spotted fever in Piracicaba. Of the 45 cases reported, 10 were confirmed by laboratory testing. 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.

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