Child Infected with Tick-borne Rocky Mountain Fever in Cass County
Michigan health officials say they've confirmed the first case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever contracted in the state since 2009.
MLive.com reports, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are tracking a case involving child in southwestern Michigan's Cass County.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is disease caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii, and can be fatal if not treated promptly and correctly, even in previously healthy people.
Jennifer Eisner, public information officer for the state health department, said the Cass County child was hospitalized for treatment but has been discharged. Health officials are not releasing the age or identity of the child.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever is spread through tick bites and caused by bacteria and can be fatal if not treated promptly and correctly, even in previously healthy people. Symptoms typically include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting and muscle pain. A rash may develop a few days later.
The state says the best means of protection is to prevent tick bites. Anyone with possible symptoms should contact a doctor immediately.