Human Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Eighteen cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever [RMSF] have been reported in 2012 alone in the Upper Cumberland Region of Tennessee and more than 100 cases statewide. Dr Mark Pierce, an infectious disease specialist at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, said "RMSF is present in the United States through Canada [and] South America, for the most part," Pierce said. "In the US, the most common areas are the Southeastern US and the south central US so this is one of the highest endemic areas. Usually North Carolina and Tennessee are the two states that carry the most of it."RMSF is considered the most serious tick-borne disease in the US. Although RMSF cases have been reported throughout most of the contiguous US, five states (NC, OK, AR, TN, and MO) account for over 60 per cent of RMSF cases. Both MO and AZ have reported cases in 2012 as well. More information: http://www.promedmail.org/, search Rocky Mountain spotted fever.