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Sunday, April 8th, 2007

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2. ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER DETECTED IN ALISO WOODS WILDERNESS PARK
For the Beckers, Crieg & Suzy, Les
2. ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER DETECTED IN ALISO WOODS WILDERNESS PARK

Last week the County of Orange received conformation that one of the
Dermacenter ticks that were collected in Aliso Woods Wilderness Park was
positive for Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The county believes this is not
an isolated incident.

* What is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a bacterial infection that's transmitted to
people by tick bites. It is not transferred from person to person.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever occurs most often during months when ticks are
active - usually in spring and summer months, between April and early
September.

* What Causes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is caused by an infection with bacteria that
infect humans through tick bites. Usually, the tick needs to be attached to
you for several hours to transmit the bacteria.

Crushing a tick with your fingers can also transmit the infection to you if
tick juices enter your body through a cut or other broken skin on your
finger.

The bacteria that causes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is called Rickettsia
rickettsii.

* What are the symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?

There are many symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Initial symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever initial include:

A sudden fever
Nausea
Vomiting
Headache
Muscle pain
Loss of appetite

Later symptoms include:

Rash
Abdominal pain
Joint pain
Diarrhea

Unfortunately, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever can be difficult to diagnose in
the early stages, and without prompt and appropriate treatment it can be
fatal.

* How is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Treated?

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is usually treated with antibiotics

This information on Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever was taken from:

http://www.mamashealth.com/infect/rocky.asp

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