04/08/07 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

1. Trail Work Event this Saturday, April 14th

2. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever detected in Aliso Woods Wilderness Park


This Saturday, April 14th we will be having a trail work event working on the Los Pinos Trail. We will be meeting at the Lower San Juan Trail parking lot at 7:00 a.m.

To get to the Lower San Juan Trail parking lot take the I5 Freeway to Ortega Highway and drive 12.5 miles east to Hot Springs Canyon Road (there is a sign at this intersection for the Lazy W Ranch as well as a Ranger Station). Turn left on Hot Springs Canyon Road and drive about a mile to the Lower San Juan parking lot.

We plan on splitting the volunteers into two groups with one group being shuttled to the top of the trail where it begins off the Main Divide and the other group working from the bottom of the trail located near the Lower San Juan Parking Lot.

As I previously mentioned, the work will begin at 7:00 a.m. and we plan on finishing by 2:00 p.m. with lunch served afterward. Please bring a pair of gloves and water for during the work (we’ll have Clif Bars to snack on). In order to plan the work please RSVP to:




Last week the County of Orange received conformation that one of the Dermacenter ticks that were collected in Aliso Woods Wilderness Park was positive for Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The county believes this is not an isolated incident.

* What is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a bacterial infection that’s transmitted to people by tick bites. It is not transferred from person to person.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever occurs most often during months when ticks are active – usually in spring and summer months, between April and early September.

* What Causes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is caused by an infection with bacteria that infect humans through tick bites. Usually, the tick needs to be attached to you for several hours to transmit the bacteria.

Crushing a tick with your fingers can also transmit the infection to you if tick juices enter your body through a cut or other broken skin on your finger.

The bacteria that causes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is called Rickettsia rickettsii.

* What are the symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?

There are many symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Initial symptoms of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever initial include:

A sudden fever
Muscle pain
Loss of appetite

Later symptoms include:

Abdominal pain
Joint pain

Unfortunately, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever can be difficult to diagnose in the early stages, and without prompt and appropriate treatment it can be fatal.

* How is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Treated?

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is usually treated with antibiotics

This information on Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever was taken from:


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