HEARTLAND VIRUS DETECTED

HEARTLAND VIRUS DETECTED

THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH CONFIRMS THE PRESENCE OF A RARE TICK-BORNE VIRUS IN ILLINOIS. THE HEARTLAND VIRUS FIRST POPPED UP LAST YEAR WHEN A PERSON IN KANKAKEE COUNTY TESTED POSITIVE, AND NOW TICKS FROM THAT AREA APPEAR TO BE CARRYING THE VIRUS. PUBLIC HEALTH’S SAMANTHA DEBOSIK SAYS IF YOU GET BITTEN BY A TICK…YOU SHOULD WATCH FOR SYMPTOMS INCLUDING:

FEVER, HEADACHE, FATIGUE, MUSCLE ACHES AND DIARRHEA. MOST PEOPLE INFECTED NEED TO BE HOSPITALIZED BUT FULLY RECOVER, ALTHOUGH A FEW HAVE DIED

DEBOSIK SAYS THE VIRUS LAST YEAR IS TRANSMITTED THROUGH THE BITE OF AN INFECTED LONE STAR TICK.

DEBOSIK RECOMMENDS WEARING LIGHT-COLORED LONG CLOTHING WHEN WALKING NEAR TALL GRASSES AND SHRUBS WHERE TICKS LIKE TO HANG OUT. BUG SPRAY IS ALSO A GOOD IDEA.

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