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Tick-borne disease sickens Michigan child

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A case of Rocky Mountain spotted fever has been confirmed in Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said a child in Cass County tested positive for the tick-borne disease.

The illness can be fatal if not treated promptly and correctly.

Symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting and muscle pain. A rash may also develop a few days later. The rash is normally small, flat, pink, non-itchy spots on the wrists, forearms and ankles that spreads to the trunk and palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

Some may not develop a rash at all.

“Like all tick-borne illnesses, the best way to protect yourself against Rocky Mountain spotted fever is to prevent tick bites,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive of the MDHHS. “Let your doctor know right away if you develop signs of illness such as fever, rash, or body aches in the days after a tick bite or potential exposure. Early detection and treatment are essential to preventing serious health complications.”

Health officials said you can prevent tick bites by avoiding infested areas, using insect repellent, bathing or showering as soon as you come indoors and performing daily tick checks.

RMSF can be treated with antibiotics if caught early.

This is the first confirmed case contracted in Michigan since 2009. 

For more information on RMSF, click HERE

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