Relapsing Fever is spread to humans by the bites of soft-bodied ticks or human body lice. The illness is caused by the bacteria Borrelia, and is characterized by a recurring fever.
Health care providers and clinical laboratories are required to report cases and suspect cases
of relapsing fever within one working day
upon identification. Call 971-673-1111 to reach the state health department doctor on call.
See our disease reporting page
for information on how to report and for telephone numbers of local health departments. For county health departments
CDC Rickettsial Tick-borne Diseases (pdf)
case report form
For reportable diseases lacking Oregon-specific investigative guidelines or case report forms, please contact the epidemiologist on call for assistance.