This Girl’s Story Shows Exactly Why You Should Take Ticks Seriously This Summer

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Kenley Ratliff was only dual years aged when she upheld divided from a puzzling illness on Jun 4.

According to her aunt, Jordan Clapp, Kenley started out as a heat of 100.8 degrees, that fast rose to 104. It was primarily suspicion to be a sign of strep throat, as a toddler tested certain for a bacterial infection. But a few days, dual hospitals, and mixed rounds of antibiotics later, a small girl’s heat hadn’t dropped, she was so diseased that she couldn’t reason her conduct up, and she had grown pinkish rashes on her body.

Doctors during Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, finally suspected that she competence have Rocky Mountain speckled fever, a illness widespread by ticks, when another antibiotic incited her rashes a dim purple-red.

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“Because they had already given her so many antibiotics, they had to wait to give her a antibiotic to provide Rocky Mountain speckled fever,” Clapp said. “By then, her mind was so distended from a weeklong fever. She was brain-dead before they could give her a antibiotic.”

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While it isn’t famous for certain that Kenley did have a tick-borne disease, a formula from her autopsy will endorse either that was a box or not. Now her family is pity her comfortless story as an critical warning for relatives to always check for ticks on their children.

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