What Is Colorado Tick Fever?

Q:
What is Colorado tick fever?

A:
Colorado tick fever is a viral infection transmitted through a bite from an infected Dermacentor andersoni wood tick. This tick species is more commonly referred to as the Rocky Mountain wood tick.

Ticks are small brown parasites that are most commonly found in wooded areas and fields. They are often carriers of certain diseases, and they can pass these diseases on to the people they bite.

Colorado tick fever is limited to Canada and the western United States. The disease is most prevalent in the state of Colorado. Incidence of Colorado tick fever is highest between February and October, with 90 percent of cases being reported between April and July. You are at an increased risk for the disease if you spend time outdoors in tick-infested areas.

How Can Colorado Tick Fever Be Prevented?

You can lower your risk for tick bites by avoiding areas that are known for being infested with ticks. When you are in an area that might have ticks, be sure to wear proper clothing. After spending time in an area where ticks live, make sure you check yourself, your children, and your pets for ticks before returning indoors.

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