Mysterious Heartland virus shows up in Georgia ticks

Heartland virus, a rare and potentially fatal virus first identified in Missouri in 2009, has now been detected in ticks in Georgia, according to a new study.

The study researchers from Emory University sampled nearly 10,000 lone star ticks (Amblyomma americanum) in central Georgia, finding the Heartland virus in about 1 out of every 2,000 ticks sampled, they said in a statement.

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