Lone Star ticks in Illinois can carry, transmit Heartland virus

Lone Star ticks in Illinois can carry, transmit Heartland virus
Researchers have confirmed that Heartland virus, an emerging pathogen with potentially dire consequences for those infected, is present in Lone Star ticks in two Illinois counties hundreds of miles apart. Lone Star ticks were first detected in Illinois in 1999, but had not been found to be infected with Heartland virus in the state.