|Lone Start Tick - Centers for Disease Control - Division of Vector Borne Infectious Diseases|
The Heartland virus is spread via the bite of a Lone Star tick (Amblyomma americanum), which has established it self primarily in the United States South East.
|Lone Star Tick distribution in the U.S.A. - Centers for Disease Control|
Symptoms of Heartland virus can include fever, fatigue, headaches, muscle aches, loss of appetite, nausea, bruising easily, and diarrhea. There is no routine
testing available for Heartland virus. However, protocols are in place
for investigational diagnostic testing.
As this is an emerging pathogen, there is currently no vaccine or drug to prevent or treat the disease. Preventing bites from ticks and mosquitoes is the best way to limit your chances of infection of Heartland, and multiple other infections.
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