This is a multisystem disease caused by the spirochetes Borrelia (B.) hermsii, B. turicatae, and B. parkeri. The disease occurs primarily in the western U.S. The pathogen is transmitted by soft ticks, which feed mainly at night and can transmit spirochetes within minutes.
Signs/Symptoms: Repeating bouts of fever and chills, headache, muscle and joint pain lasting 2-9 days, alternating with days of no fever. Blood tests detect the bacterium during fever episodes.
- ACDC: A Manual of Departmental Rules, Regulations and Control Procedures (B-73)
- LAC Reporting Form: Case Report of Relapsing Fever
- LAC Reported Cases of Selected Diseases 2007-2012
- LAC Reported Cases of Selected Diseases 2003-2008