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Indiana's top doctor urges vigilance for spotted fever cases


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's state health commissioner is urging physicians to check patients for signs of Rocky Mountain spotted fever following a young girl's recent death from the tick-borne disease.

Commissioner Jerome Adams also suggested in Monday's advisory that doctors ask patients about outdoor exposure and said they shouldn't rule out tick-borne diseases even if patients, especially children, have no evidence or recollection of a tick bite.

A 2-year-old girl from central Indiana died June 4 from Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Medical professionals in the state say some tick dise...

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