The Arkansas Department of Health recently reported that it has identified the first individual in the state with Heartland virus–a relatively new tickborne disease. The individual lives in Little Rock, in the middle of the state.
To be infected with Heartland virus, individuals have to be bitten by the Lone Star tick, which are common to Arkansas as well as much of the eastern united States. Since first being described in 2012, all cases of Heartland virus have been occurred between May and September.
Symptoms of Heartland virus include having a fever and feeling very tired. Other symptoms may include headaches, muscle aches, and diarrhea, among others. Most patients infected with the virus have required hospitalization, but nearly all of them have fully recovered; there has only been one death attributed to the disease.
To avoid ticks and becoming infected with tickborne diseases, read one of our previous blog posts for prevention tips.
To learn more about Heartland disease in Arkansas, please visit “Case of Heartland virus found in Arkansas resident.”
For more information on the Heartland virus, please visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s website.