CDC Reports Unusual Spike in Rare Tick-Borne Disease in Oregon

Live Science | 3/28/2019 | Staff
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Four people in Oregon were infected with a rare tick-borne virus, known as Colorado tick fever, in a single month, according to a new report.

That's an unusually high number of cases for the state, which typically sees one or fewer cases of Colorado tick fever per year, according to the report, published today (March 28) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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According to the CDC, all four cases occurred in May 2018. The patients lived in three neighboring counties in central Oregon; three of them were men in their 70s and the fourth was a woman in her 50s.The symptoms in all the patients included fever and low white-blood-cell count; three were hospitalized, the report said.

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Colorado tick fever is rare, with only 83 cases reported in the U.S. from 2002 to 2012, according to the CDC. The most common symptoms are fever, chills, headache, body aches and fatigue.

The patients all reported spending a lot of time outdoors working in wooded or bushy areas and recalled having a tick bite two weeks before their symptoms started.

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There's no specific treatment for Colorado tick fever, but all of the patients...
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