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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a bacterial infection caused by bites from infected American dog ticks. Symptoms include fever and headache and generally begin 2 to 14 days after the tick bite. RMSF can be successfully treated with antibiotics, but the infection can be severe or even fatal if not treated early. Most RMSF cases are reported in the central and southeastern regions of the United States. RMSF is not frequently reported in West Virginia residents (0 to 10 cases per year).

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Surveillance Data

Vectorborne Disease Report Latest 2016 data on mosquito-borne and tickborne diseases in WV.
2016 Zoonotic Disease Report Summary of findings for all zoonotic diseases, except rabies, in WV during 2016.
2015 Zoonotic Disease Report Annual summary report of vectorborne condition surveillance data.
West Virginia Zoonotic Disease Surveillance Summary, 2014 Click at left to view the 2014 surveillance information about mosquito-borne, tickborne, and other reportable zoonotic diseases.

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