Black Mountain girl dies from Rocky Mountain spotted fever

From the Asheville Citizen-Times:

ASHEVILLE — Federal health officials confirmed that Rocky Mountain spotted fever caused the death of a Buncombe County child last month.

Officials with the state Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that the death of Emilee Russell, 6, is the first fatality confirmed in North Carolina linked to the tick-borne illness since 2009. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the cause.


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