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  • Lone Star ticks in Illinois can carry, transmit Heartland virus

    Holly Tuten and graduate student Erica Hernandez stand in a prairie with drag cloths attached to poles over their shoulders. They are smiling and looking at the camera.

    Illinois Natural History Survey vector ecologist Holly Tuten, left, graduate student Erica Hernandez and their colleagues discovered that Lone Star ticks in two Illinois counties were infected with the Heartland virus.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s notes

    The INHS-MEL began the first statewide and state-funded tick surveillance program through a contract with the IDPH. For more information, visit the IDPH website, where surveillance data are reported, or the INHS-MEL lab website. Public health, land management and wildlife conservation personnel, along with those in similar professions, are encouraged to reach out to Holly Tuten for tick outreach materials, training in field collections, identifications and testing.

    To reach Holly Tuten, email  

    The paper “Heartland virus in humans and ticks, Illinois, USA, 2018-2019” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.3201/eid2607.200110