A woman from Oklahoma had all of her four limbs amputated after she was bitten by small tick while on vacation.
CNN reported that Jo Rogers just came home from a trip to Grand Lake when she experienced an intense flu with her limbs turning to black and blue.
“She was shaking her hands because they hurt, her feet hurt,” Roger’s cousin Lisa Morgan said.
Doctors initially suspected the condition to be a case of either West Nile disease or meningitis, but it was found out after a series of tests that she was suffering from one of the worst cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF).
The medical team had no other choice but to remove the hands and feet of Rogers, who was placed on a medically induced coma, to prevent the infection from spreading all throughout her vital organs.
Morgan said that Rogers is a beautiful, energetic, and fun person, adding that the mother-of-two did not deserve such an illness.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the RMSF is a potentially fatal illness that is prevalent in the northern and southern parts of America, and is transmitted to humans through bites of infected ticks.
The sickness, which was first recorded in 1920, has several symptoms including fever, headache, abdominal pain, vomiting, and muscle pain.
The rate of those who die from the illness vary from year to year, with almost 30 percent dying from it in 1944; but since 2001, the fatalities decreased to merely less than 1 percent since RMSF can now be treated with antibiotics.