Definition of Heartland virus
Heartland virus: a tick-borne phlebovirus first identified in two cases in Missouri in 2009. Six additional cases were reported to the CDC in 2012 and 2013 in Missouri and Tennessee. In the eight known victims, symptoms started in May to September. Symptoms were fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, headache, nausea, and muscle pain. Studies are underway to further characterize the virus and the infection. No vaccine is available to prevent the infection, and no specific treatment is available. The infection may be prevented by avoiding areas in which one may suffer tick bites, similar to prevention strategies for other tick-borne illnesses.
REFERENCE: CDC.gov. CDC Reports More Cases of Heartland Virus Disease.
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