Cass County Child Diagnosed With Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

A southwest Michigan child came down with a case of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, something that can be deadly if it’s not caught and treated on time.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says the case involved a child somewhere within Cass County, but did not say exactly where.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is caused by bacteria.

Symptoms typically include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, muscle pain and sometimes a rash.

If you have the symptoms, call a doctor immediately.

The state says the best means of protection is to prevent tick bites.