Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a serious disease caused by Rickettsia rickettsii bacteria and transmitted to people by ticks, principally the Rocky Mountain wood tick, Dermacentor andersoni and the American dog tick Dermacentor variabilis. In California, RMSF is a rare disease, with only 1 to 3 cases reported per year; most cases are reported from the south Atlantic region of the United States.

Additional information on RMSF can be found at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website:

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rmsf/index.htm

as well as at the California Department of Public Health website: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/healthinfo/discond/Pages/RockyMountainSpottedFever.aspx