ST. JOSEPH, MO
  – It’s not even summer but already there is a case of a potentially deadly disease carried by ticks in Missouri. A vet recently diagnosed Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in a dog in St. Joseph. Britton Cooper loves the outdoors and he spent Wednesday fishing at Shawnee Mission Park. Because he’s outside so much, he’s gotten bitten by ticks hundreds of time. “I’ve had some places get pretty infected,” he said. Learning about Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever creates another reason to fear them. “That’s pretty surprising. I knew about Lyme Disease, but I never heard about that,” Cooper said. Fortunately Kansas’ recent data from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows no reported cases. But Missouri is one of five states that makes up more than 60 percent of cases in the U.S. Some of the symptoms of RMSF are a fever, headache and even a rash that develops later on. If it’s not treated immediately, it could be deadly. More

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