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Doctors Warn That Mysterious New ‘Heartland’ Tick Virus Is Spreading Across The South


Summer is undoubtedly one of the best times of the year to enjoy the great outdoors.

Summertime also happens to be tick season, and this year is certainly no exception.

We’re all aware of the Lyme-disease threat ticks pose, but there is a new virus in town that everyone needs to be on the lookout for. It’s called the Heartland virus, and it’s causing major havoc in the southern part of the U.S.

The CDC reports that there is not much known about the Heartland tick virus, but cases of the disease are increasing and spreading into states that have not previously been affected.

That’s why it’s so important for everyone to know about this threat, and to hopefully avoid becoming one of its victims.

According to the CDC, the Heartland tick virus is a little-understood illness that typically strikes from late spring through early autumn. It bears a striking similarity to Lyme.

It causes fever and fatigue, and some patients also report nausea, headaches, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.

Unfortunately, most patients had to be hospitalized for their illness and symptoms.

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Although the CDC explains that there isn’t a lot of solid research about the Heartland virus, it is suspected that lone star ticks are mainly responsible for spread of the disease.

Lone star ticks, also called turkey ticks, are a variety of small arachnids that live in the eastern U.S. In their larval form, they may be called seed ticks.

They can be identified by the white “Lone Star” on their backs.

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