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First local case and death due to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

(Imperial County man dies from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever)….It is a tick-borne disease.

The death was announced by the Imperial County Public Health Department. Health Officer Doctor Stephen Munday says the middle aged man passed away this week. Munday says the Imperial County resident had gone to the hospital in May, after he felt ill and was experiencing fever, nausea and vomiting. He never recovered. Public Health officials are continuing to investigate the death. They say it is still not known where the man contracted the disease. Investigators are monitoring and testing ticks around the individual’s home. This is the first case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever reported in Imperial County. Doctor Munday says the death is a sad reminder of the seriousness of tick-borne illnesses and the importance of prevention and treatment. He says avoiding tick bites is the best way to avoid getting diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections.