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Relapsing fever


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.

Disease Reporting

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.

Disease reporting form (pdf) for health-care practitioners

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.

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