Tick-borne Diseases

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF)

Symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
The most severe disease transmitted by ticks, RMSF causes its namesake rash consisting of small red spots and blotches that begin on the wrists, ankles, palms, and soles, along with several other symptoms including:

  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Most prevalent between April and September, the disease is severe enough that the majority of those infected require hospitalization.

Lyme disease

Symptoms of Lyme Disease
A distinct bulls-eye shaped rash is often a good indicator of Lyme disease, although it is not necessarily a symptom which always appears.

Lyme disease initially produces:

  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Muscle and joint pain

Lyme disease also exhibits later symptoms that include arthritis or meningitis.

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