The mechanism by which Lyme disease is transmitted in Kentucky is unclear.
The primary tick vector, Ixodes scapularis, has rarely been found here, although several of the ticks were found recently while surveying deer herds in southeastern Kentucky. More probably will be found in the future.
Q: What are the symptoms of Rocky Mountain spotted fever?
A: Symptoms are flu-like, accompanied by headaches and a very high fever (104-106 degrees F), two to 12 days after being bitten by a tick.
The most characteristic sign is a rash that appears on about the second to fifth day on wrists and ankles, later spreading to other parts of the body.