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Tick Infection Epidemic Among American Indian Tribes in Arizona: CDC

Posted 19 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 19, 2015 – An epidemic of Rocky Mountain spotted fever among several American Indian tribes on two reservations in Arizona has led to more than $13 million in societal costs in nine years, according to a new study. That amount includes treatment, time off work, and loss of lifetime productivity due to early death. The study likely underestimates the actual cost of the epidemic because it doesn't include long-term losses from disability and expensive medical procedures, said researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Indian Health Services and the affected tribes. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is caused by Rickettsia rickettsii bacteria and spread through the bite of an infected tick. The disease has only recently become a serious problem among American Indians in Arizona, according to the researchers. The brown dog tick, known to transmit the ... Read more

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