HealthCARE Express is making a public service announcement to warn the community about the Heartland tick-borne virus. Heartland has been linked to the bite of a Lone Star tick. Since a case was recently diagnosed in Northwest Arkansas, HealthCARE Express wants to provide some information on Heartland and how to prevent it.
Heartland is a tick-borne virus that is brought on by a bite from a Lone Star tick, according to the CDC. The symptoms of Heartland include: fever, fatigue, headaches, muscle aches, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and suspect that you could be infected with Heartland virus, visit your preferred healthcare provider for medical attention.
To reduce your risk of becoming infected practice these easy tips to avoid the bite:
- Always use insect repellent when outdoors
- Wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors
- Avoid bushy and wooded areas
- Check your body thoroughly for ticks after spending time outdoors