A Deadly Tick-Borne Disease Is On The Rise In These 5 States

Though most people probably associate ticks with Lyme disease, they can also carry an equally dangerous infection called Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Disturbingly, cases of this disease are on the rise.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is carried by infected American dog ticks, brown dog ticks, or mountain wood ticks and passed to humans via a bite. Over 37,000 cars of RMSF have been reported to the CDC in the past 14 years, and the last fatality was in June of this year.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever can be life-threatening. The early symptoms include a rash, stomach pain, lack of appetite, fever, confusion, headache, sensitive to light, and vomiting.

If left untreated, it can lead to brain damage, heart, lung, and kidney failure, and lethal inflammation of the spinal cord.

Most new reports of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are coming from North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Of course, Colorado is also affected.

To protect yourself from this disease, experts recommend covering up when you go outside, showing after spending time outdoors, checking your pets for ticks, and using a tick repellent.