Arkansas health department: New tick-borne illness arrives
July 7, 2017
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas health officials are warning residents to avoid tick bites after confirming that a case of the Heartland virus has been confirmed in the state's northwest.
The patient was infected by a Lone Star tick but has since recovered. The virus causes flu-like symptoms and generally requires a hospital stay.
There is no vaccine or drug available to address the illness. Health officials say more than 20 cases have been reported in the southeastern and south-central United States, and that one person has died.
The Arkansas Health Department advises people going outs...