Colorado Tick Fever
|Colorado tick fever is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick.|
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- Living or traveling in mountain forest areas at altitudes above 5,000 feet in the western US states (such as Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Oregon)
- Being in these areas between April and July
- High fever
- Severe headache
- Pain behind the eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Muscle pain
- Abdominal pain
- Blood tests to identify the virus
- Blood tests to identify antibodies for the virus
- Other blood tests
- Avoid tick-infested areas, especially during warmer months.
- Wear light-colored clothing to better locate a crawling tick.
- Tuck pants into socks when in tick-infested habitats.
- Use tick repellents.
- Regularly inspect and remove ticks from your body and your child’s body when in tick-infested habitats.
- Remove ticks using fine-tipped tweezers by grasping the tick close to the skin’s surface and pulling upward steadily.
- Disinfect tick bites with soap and water.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases http://www.niaid.nih.gov
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Healthy U http://www.healthyalberta.com/
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 11/2012
- Update Date: 11/26/2012