JACKSON, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – Mississippi is warning of the potential spread of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
From the bite of an infected tick, it can be deadly to humans if not treated in time.
The disease often occurs when warm ground temperatures make ticks active. In Mississippi, cases began as early as February.
The risk of catching the disease is highest among people exposed to pets or tick-infested habitats like yards, gardens, and wooded areas.
Symptoms included high fever, headache, fatigue, deep muscle pain, and sometimes a rash. It gets severe or even fatal if not treated in the first few days of symptoms.
To avoid getting infected, check yourself and clothing often for ticks, especially near open skin, tuck long pants into your socks and boots when outdoors, and apply insect repellent containing Deet to exposed skin.