Potentially Deadly Disease Confirmed in Central Illinois

Published 08/11 2014 05:48PM

Updated 08/11 2014 05:53PM

American dog tick
American dog tick
   A potentially deadly disease has been confirmed in Tazewell County. One person has contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  He is doing well in his recovery and did not need to be hospitalized.
  However, it is a potentially deadly disease that three different kinds of ticks can carry. Those ticks are the American dog tick, brown dog tick, and the Rocky Mountain wood tick. The Rocky Mountain wood tick is mainly found in the northwestern U.S., but the other two ticks are found all over the midwest. The disease's symptoms include muscle and abdominal pain, fever, vomiting, headache and a rash.
   Officials remind you to check for ticks, especially after being in a wooded area.
   Sara Sparkman of the Tazewell County Health Department says, "What we recommend is using tweezers, fine-point tweezers, and pulling it out as close to the skin as possible, so you want to get as much of, all of the tick out when you pull it."
   This is not the first time the disease has been in Tazewell County, but it is the first confirmed case in the past three years.

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