Powassan can be fatal, and there has been one confirmed case of the virus in Saratoga County. Now, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is studying ticks from around Meramec State Park near Sullivan to better understand the diseases they carry and how to recognize and treat them.
But that warning did not include any information as to the age or gender of the person who contracted it, where in the county they lived or whether the disease was believed to have been contracted locally. She developed hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a condition affecting her immune cells.
Wilson's family said she donated her body to science, hopeful it would help doctors fight the Bourbon Virus. According to the CDC, because there have only been a few cases of the virus identified, the medical community is still learning about potential symptoms, but patients may experience fever, tiredness, rash, headache, body aches, nausea and vomiting. All of the patients were hospitalized, but it is unclear how many deaths have been attributed to the virus.
There now is no medicine to treat Bourbon virus, and some patients may require hospitalization for some symptoms.
Heartland virus is a recently discovered virus that is thought to be transmitted by ticks.
There have been 229 cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever reported in Missouri this year, up 100 percent over the five-year median.
The 58-year-old didn't worry about contracting a tick-borne illness - but that's exactly what happened. The diseases are treatable with antibiotics if caught early.
"I was somebody, like, I didn't really give much attention to a tick bite".
Oklahoma and Arkansas have also seen cases of the virus, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.
"It's not something that any doctor will look for. you have to present it to them and by the time you find out it might be too late", Kathy Potter said. An infection can occur if the tick is attached on the skin for 24 hours or longer.
A day later, things took a turn for the worse. Check yourself for ticks when you come inside and run clothes through a dryer on high heat to kill the bugs.
"It makes you fearful about going outside", Potter said.