Tick-Borne Illness Confirmed in Tazewell County

Published 08/11 2014 06:17PM

Updated 08/11 2014 06:19PM

TREMONT – It’s that time of year to be outside, but a potentially deadly disease has been confirmed in Tazewell County.

One person in the county has contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Three different kinds of ticks can carry it. The patient is going to be okay, but officials warn the disease is very serious.

Symptoms include muscle pain, fever, headache and a rash. Officials remind you to check for ticks, especially after being in a wooded area.

“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 all of the tick out when you pull it,” Tazewell County Health Department’s Sara Sparkman said.

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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