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Mexico: Tick-borne illness spreads to Tijuana

Campers stand at the edge of the water at sunset watching the stars come out, with the CanLyme logo floating in the foreground.

By Bob McPhail July 17, 2015

A second case of rickettsiosis, a potentially fatal tick-borne bacterial illness, has been reported in Tijuana, state health officials announced on Wednesday, July 15.

Earlier reports of the disease had been confined mostly to Mexicali, where, according to multiple news reports, 25 people lost their lives to the illness in 2014. So far this year, rickettsiosis has killed 14 Baja Californians — 13 in Mexicali and 1 in Ensenada.

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