Tick-borne relapsing fever (TBRF) is a disease you can get from a tick. It is an infection caused by a bite from a tick that carries the bacteria Borrelia hermsii. In the United States, these ticks are usually found in higher elevations of the western states.
If you have TBRF, you probably have a fever that comes and goes. Some other symptoms of TBRF may include:
You are at risk for TBRF if you have had a tick bite or if you have found any ticks on your body in the past 3 weeks. People who spend time outdoors in areas where ticks are common, either for work or recreation, are at higher risk of getting any tick-borne disease.
See your doctor right away if you think you have TBRF. He or she can test your blood for TBRF or other tick-borne diseases.
If you have TBRF, your doctor will most likely prescribe antibiotics to fight the bacteria.
The best way to prevent tick-borne relapsing fever is to avoid being bitten by ticks. When you are outdoors, follow these guidelines:
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