Factors that may increase your risk of contracting Rocky Mountain spotted fever include:

  • Living in an area where the disease is common
  • The time of year — infections are more common in the spring and early summer
  • How much time you spend in grassy or wooded areas
  • Whether or not you have a dog or spend time with dogs

You can reduce your risk of infection by taking steps to prevent exposure to ticks.

Sept. 25, 2014