Rare Disease Kills Girl
She died at University Hospital. The medical examiners office says the cause of death is Erlichiosis, a rare, but treatable tick-borne disease. There have been 117 cases of Erlichiosis reported in Missouri during 2007. Twelve of those cases were in Boone County. With many people making outdoor plans for Labor Day weekend, the Columbia-Boone County Health Department said to take precautions and use bug spray.
"It's wearing light colored clothes, long pants, long sleeve shirts, anything that can prevent the tick from embedding in your skin," said Stephanie Browning of Boone County Public Health. "Using Deet or an insect repellent is also another good prevention strategy."
The Columbia-Boone County Health Department also said when in a wooded area to try to walk on a trail, stick to the middle of it, and most importantly, after an outdoor activity, check to make sure ticks are not on your skin or clothing.