CDC: New disease spread by common ‘lone star’ ticks, which live throughout Florida

The lone star tick. Photo by Lyle Buss, University of Florida (Source: Palm Beach Post)


The Palm Beach Post reports that a tick species common to Florida may be behind the spread of a newly discovered disease named the Heartland virus … Called the lone star tick for the light brown dot that females carry on their back, the eight-legged bug is spread throughout the eastern United States, including Florida.

The CDC recommends that people avoid wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter, and always use insect repellent when outdoors. They recommend using products with permethrin on clothing, and bathing or showering as soon as possible after coming indoors. Full-body tick checks after an outing are recommended.

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