(AP) - The mother of a 2-year-old central Indiana girl who died after being
bitten by a tick during a camping trip says lab tests confirmed she was
infected with Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Kenley Ratliff of
Plainfield died June 4 at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Her
mother, Kayla Conn, says lab tests showed her daughter tested positive for
Rocky Mountain spotted fever, a tick-borne bacterial infection that can be
deadly if not promptly treated.
Conn tells WTHR-TV
she’d never heard of the illness. She’s urging others to be aware of the
dangers of tick-borne diseases.
Kenley fell ill
after returning from a camping trip during which a tick bit her. A doctor
says she was in the advanced stages of the illness within days of arriving
at Riley Hospital.