Fa­tal­i­ties re­ported due to spot­ted Rocky Moun­tain fever

Imperial Valley Press - - YOUR NEWS - — Ar­turo Bo­jorquez, abo­jorquez@iv­pres­son­line.com

Two more in­di­vid­u­als died re­cently due to the spot­ted Rocky Moun­tain fever, in­creas­ing the toll to 17 this year.

State Chief Epi­demi­ol­o­gist Nestor Her­nan­dez said one of the vic­tims was a Mex­i­cali male of 39 years of age who resided at Frac­cionamiento Ha­cienda Te­cali neigh­bor­hood.

The other vic­tim was a 12-year-old girl from Ejido Nuevo Leon ru­ral town.

Her­nan­dez asked res­i­dents to go to the doc­tor as soon as symp­toms like fever, headache and mus­cle pain is felt by pa­tients, es­pe­cially within the first four days of the tick-borne ill­ness.

Spot­ted Rocky Moun­tain fever pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor Paola Gomez asked res­i­dents to clean their homes be­fore fu­mi­ga­tion.

To­dos So­mos Mex­i­cali di­rec­tor Ramon Gon­za­lez said the non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion has been work­ing in a project to ed­u­cate res­i­dents re­gard­ing home clean­ing.

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