Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever case in Southwest Nebraska
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever has been confirmed in the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department district which includes: Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock, Keith, Perkins and Red Willow counties.
“Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tick,” shares Melissa Propp, SWNPHD Public Health Nurse. “RMSF can be severe or even fatal if not treated in the first few days of symptoms. See your doctor immediately if you have been bitten by a tick and experience sudden onset of high fever, deep muscle pain, severe headache and chills.”
A rash may also develop but is often absent in the first few days. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about 10% of people with RMSF never develop a rash. Most often, the rash begins within five days after the onset of fever as small, flat, pink, non-itchy spots on the wrists, forearms, and ankles and spreads to the trunk.
It is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, but especially in warmer months when ticks are most active. Some suggestions include: