Two deaths in Paulina, São Paulo State in Brazil confirmed to be due to Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Laboratory testing has revealed that the 2 people who died in Paulina were infected with Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Ticks infected with this virus have been found along the Atibaia River area.

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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