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Colorado Tick Fever Overview

What is Colorado tick fever?
A person with Colorado tick fever has a viral infection that is transmitted to humans by the bite of a tick. Colorado tick fever can be transmitted by the American Dog tick and the Rocky Mountain wood tick. Colorado tick fever causes a flu-like illness with a fever and rash. Almost all cases of Colorado tick fever resolve without complications.

What are the symptoms of Colorado tick fever?
Symptoms of Colorado tick fever typically begin to develop 4 days following the tick bite, but may be as long as 20 days. Initial symptoms of Colorado tick fever include: fever, excessive sweating, muscle aches, joint pains, and headache.

How does the doctor treat Colorado tick fever?
There is no antiviral medication that has been proven to treat the virus that causes Colorado tick fever. Treatment is supportive and includes acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever control.

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Last Updated: Aug 25, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Colorado Tick Fever References
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