Tick-borne rickettsial diseases refer to illnesses caused by certain bacteria that are transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks. These diseases are typically characterized by flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and a rash.
One of the most well-known tick-borne rickettsial diseases is Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which is caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii. This disease is found throughout many areas of the Americas, and can be fatal if left untreated.
Other tick-borne rickettsial diseases include ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, and spotted fever group rickettsiosis. These diseases are also caused by bacterial infections and can lead to serious health complications if not diagnosed and treated promptly.
Prevention of tick-borne rickettsial diseases involves avoiding tick bites, checking yourself and your pets for ticks after spending time outdoors, and promptly removing ticks that are found on the body. If you develop symptoms of a tick-borne illness, seek medical attention right away.