Oklahoma Woman Has Limbs Amputated After Tick Bite


The American dog tick is the most common carrier of Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

40 year-old Jo Rogers, from Shawnee, Oklahoma, had to have both her arms and legs amputated after a tick bite gave her Rocky Mountain spotted fever.  For five days, Rogers thought she had the flu, but after going to the doctor, the disease was discovered.  It was heading towards her vital organs, so her arms had to be amputated at her elbows and her right leg at the mid-thigh and the left leg below the knee.

There are around 2,000 cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever a year, and has a mortality rate of about 75% if left untreated.  Doctors put Rogers of dialysis to prevent her kidneys from failing.  Her family set up a GoFundMe page and has raised nearly $9,000 so far.


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