Yes when I was 18 years old I came home from School in a cast as I had torn the ligaments in my ankle. Being springtime in Va. I headed to my closest pond in my walking cast. fished the day away. That darn old plaster cast got to itching crazy, when they pulled it off after a month there was a tick embedded in my leg. Once the pulled it out two weeks later I developed rocky mtn spotted fever and was treated for that. Had to stay out of the sun as I was on some heavy antibiotics, so laid low for weeks it seemed.
I am on a list at the CDC and cannot give blood since my body contains the antivirus, or so I have been told. I know that I have unexplained joint pains that my docs have been chasing the past 10 yrs. many blood tests, many fluid off the joint tests and they still cannot figure out why for no reason my Knee or ankle or elbow will swell up and hurt like it is broken. Yup they tested me for lymes disease and also negative.
I truly believe that the RMSF has caused me these unexplained arthritis symptoms over the years.
My brother also suffered and could not eat holved animal meat from a tick bite. use permethrin and be safe.