This week a local physician diagnosed a case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF). This is the first case of RMSF in Lubbock since computerized recording of communicable diseases began in the city.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a tick-borne infectious disease spread to humans from infected ticks. It can be a serious, and potentially fatal disease if gone untreated. Prompt recognition and antibiotic therapy can assure a mortality rate as low as 3%.
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The State of Texas has recorded some 25 cases of RMSF from 1994 to 1998.
You can protect yourself from exposure to this disease by taking a few simple precautions:
If you know of exposure to ticks and experience symptoms that include fever, nausea, vomiting, severe headache, muscle pain, or loss of appetite, see your physician promptly for early diagnosis and treatment. The characteristic rash is a later symptom and could be accompanied by abdominal pain, joint pain and diarrhea.
Again, early recognition and treatment of this disease will hasten recovery.