The Rocky Mountain Fever death toll has increased to 17, the state Department of Public Health said.

According to the agency, of those deaths 13 were reported in Mexicali. Four more were reported in Tijuana and one in Ensenada.

Statewide, the authorities have recorded 39 confirmed cases — 23 in Mexicali and the rest in coastal cities.

Secretary Adrian Medina said in order to attack this tick-borne preventable disease the authorities have fumigated over 36,000 homes in the year, while close to 35,000 pets have been dewormed. The secretary called residents to keep yards clean, wash clothes frequently, get rid of unused furniture and in case of symptoms like fever, headache and contact with ticks get healthcare services immediately.

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