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WHAT IS IT?

Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a bacterial disease transmitted to people by ticks. The bacterium species is Rickettsia rickettsii. The American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis) is a vector for RMSF and is the second most common tick in Georgia. A tick bite is usually painless and about half of the people who develop RMSF do not remember being bitten.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

70 to 80% of people will not have symptoms. Less than 1% will develop a neurologic disease such as

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Abdominal/Muscle Pain
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Rash
  • Lack of appetite