WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) _ Rocky Mountain spotted fever killed a 3-year-old girl who developed symptoms just days after a tick was pulled from her body, physicians said Thursday.

Nancy Maria Gonzalez died Wednesday night at Wichita General Hospital of neurologic and hematologic complications of the disease, which is carried and spread by ticks, Dr. Karen Reed said.

The child's mother told physicians one of the parasites was pulled from Nancy's neck days before symptoms appeared.

There were 700 cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever reported in 1985, and about 4 percent of its victims. The disease attackes the central nervous system and there is no vaccine against it.