Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Oklahoma Outdoors Enthusiasts on Tick Watch

Check Yourself and Your Kids for Ticks

More and more Oklahomans are suffering the symptoms of a new kind of tick bacteria that is spreading across the country.

The newly discovered bacterium is called the 'Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness' or 'STARI'. Because of the recent period of unusually hot weather, the ticks are not getting killed off during the winter. This means the ticks are around longer and are breeding faster.

Since so little is known about STARI disease, experts say, look for a tick bite that leaves a red, bulls-eye rash.

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It's me, T.J. said...

I haven't heard of this one.

Ticks carrying lyme's disease will a bull's eye rash too.


Thomas said...

Thanks for your comment, TJ!
I think the similarity in the symptoms is one of the key worries. I have read that doctors fear that STARI case will be misdiagnosed as Lyme disease.

Here's a link to the CDC that talks about STARI.

Since this is much more your area than mine, please help keep me honest on the issue, TJ. Since I'm not a real journalist, I don't want to risk spreading panic.