MN toddler hospitalized with tick-borne Rocky Mountain spotted fever
May 26, 2021
One-year-old Gino Pahl has been under sedation in the intensive care unit of a Minnesota hospital for the last week. He’s fighting Rocky Mountain spotted fever, an infection transmitted by a common wood tick.
“It’s so new a lot of the people we meet [at the hospital] say they have never seen a case here,” said Gino’s mother, Shelby Pahl.
The infection is most common across the central U.S. from the Carolinas to Kansas, but it is suspected Gino picked it up in a new development in Buffalo, which also happens to be his backyard.
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Another great example that ticks are in places they shouldn’t be spreading diseases they should have. I predict we will only see more of this. Doctors need to quit looking at entomology maps to diagnose people. Birds and other animals drop ticks everywhere.
- https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/08/16/new-tick-causes-epidemic-of-rmsf/ RMSF, normally transmitted by the American dog tick and the closely related Rocky Mountain wood tick, has also been spread by the brown dog tick — a completely different species. And here, we discover it’s been found in the Asian Longhorned tick and is capable of being transmitted within ticks through ova.