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Updated Aug 12, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Arizona summer camp closes after students develop tick fever

FLASTAFF, Ariz. — A Flagstaff Unified School District summer camp was
canceled this week because at least five students tested positive for a rare
tick-borne disease.

The Arizona Daily Sun reported that officials are
trying to determine how the students attending Camp Colton contracted tick-borne
relapsing fever.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the fever is a
bacterial infection characterized by fever, headache, muscle and joint aches and
nausea.

Coconino County Chief Health Officer Marie Peoples said the illness is easily
treated with antibiotics.

According to the CDC, the fever is usually linked to sleeping in rustic,
rodent-infested cabins in mountainous areas.

School district spokeswoman Karin Eberhard said the camp’s buildings were professionally
cleaned and treated.

The camp will not reopen until health officials’ investigation is
finished.

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