A possible case of tick-born illness like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever has popped up in northeastern Oklahoma.
Just days ago, 3-year-old Emerald Hardy of Sapulpa had a 107 degree temperature. It took several days, a couple of doctors, and a trip to the emergency room before anyone could tell her mother what was wrong.
Emeraldâ€™s mother Tanya Johnson: "We was there til like 8 oâ€™clock and then they said they were going to admit her and they were going to check out the tick thing and they done the tick test on her and sent it off and started treating her for it that night."
Doctors haven't gotten back the test results to confirm she had Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. But Emerald is currently on anti-biotic.
Hereâ€™s what you can do to protect yourself against tick bites. Wear light-colored clothes to make ticks easier to see. Tuck pant legs into socks, and your shirt into your pants. And don't forget the bug repellant and check yourself and your kids often.