by Nathan Nieto, assistant professor of Biological Sciences
This summer, a number of school-age children from Flagstaff contracted tick-borne relapsing fever, most likely during visits to Camp Colton.
Human cases of relapsing fever typically present with many non-specific symptoms, including headache and muscle and joint pain. In the United States, tick-borne relapsing fever occurs throughout the mountainous west and Southwestern deserts due to infection from one of two bacteria, Borrelia hermsii and Borrelia turicatae.
Borrelia hermsii is typically sustained between infected wild rodents… Read more