San Diego County public well being officers Tuesday inspired residents to turn out to be conscious of indicators and signs of Rocky Mountain Noticed Fever following the dying of a San Diego resident who traveled to the Baja California area earlier than turning into in poor health.
Rocky Mountain Noticed Fever is a illness unfold by ticks to people and canine. Ticks could chew folks and animals at mountain climbing trails and grassy or wooded areas, sometimes in the course of the wetter months of winter and spring. Nonetheless, journey to locations the place stray canine are widespread, like Baja California, is a year-round danger, as a result of strays typically carry contaminated ticks.
In line with the county, folks can defend themselves by carrying insect repellent and correct clothes and utilizing insect management merchandise on their pets that kill fleas and ticks.
The illness is finest handled with antibiotics when recognized within the first week of sickness. The illness will get its title from a noticed crimson rash which will seem. Early signs could solely embody fever, complications and abdomen upset, so you will need to report any insect bites and up to date journey or outside actions when talking to a physician, in line with a county assertion.
“Whereas Rocky Mountain Noticed Fever is a year-round danger within the Baja California area, San Diego County will sometimes have one to 3 instances annually,” the assertion reads. “All three instances in county residents reported up to now this yr had traveled to areas the place Rocky Mountain Noticed Fever is extra widespread. The final native dying from this illness was an Imperial County resident who died in a San Diego hospital in 2014.”
San Diego County’s Vector Management Program displays the inhabitants of vectors — animals resembling ticks, rodents and mosquitoes — that may transmit illnesses to folks. When ticks take their blood meal, any germs they’re carrying may be unfold. Along with Rocky Mountain Noticed Fever, ticks carry different illnesses together with Lyme illness and tularemia.
“Well being officers advocate checking your self and your pets for ticks as quickly as potential after outside actions like mountain climbing to scale back the possibility of an infection from tick bites,” the county assertion reads. “Anybody who’s bitten by a tick mustn’t panic, however rigorously take away it with tweezers. You might save the tick for identification as a result of solely sure ticks carry Rocky Mountain Noticed Fever.”
If an individual develops a rash or fever after being bitten, they need to see a physician, inform them concerning the tick chew, after they have been bitten and the place they suppose it occurred.
Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.