6-Year-Old Dies From Tick Bite

Emilee Russell, of Black Mountain, North Carolina, died Wednesday from what doctors believe was Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever – a bacterial infection transmitted by the ticks. The kindergartner was on vacation in Texas with her family when she got bitten. Facebook posts by the Black Mountain Fire Department, where Emilee’s father Charlie is battalion chief said doctors spent several days trying to treat the little girl in Louisiana. Three varieties of ticks carry the illness in the U.S: The American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis), Rocky Mountain wood tick (Dermacentor andersoni), brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) and the lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum) . Symptoms of the illness include fever, nausea, headache and abdominal pain and are often misdiagnosed as signs of something else. ‘Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be severe or even fatal if not treated in the first few days of symptoms,’ the CDC website says.  ‘Patients who are treated early may recover quickly on outpatient medication, while those who experience a more severe course may require intravenous antibiotics, prolonged hospitalization or intensive care.”

 


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