STARI (Southern Tick–Associated Rash Illness)
- Causative Agent (potentially)
- Borrelia lonestarii
- Type of Organism
- Bacterial Species
- Length of Attachment for Transmission
A small rash may be present in infected individuals. Flu-like symptoms are most common and include:
- Fever, chills, headache, and fatigue.
- Muscle and joint pains.
Diagnosis and Testing
The cause of STARI is considered to be unknown although research suggests the bacterium, Borrelia lonestari may be responsible. Because of this, no diagnostic tests exist and clinical signs and a history of exposure will be the key in diagnosis.
CDC Treatment Recommendation
Because the cause of STARI is unknown, there is no confirmed treatment. However, physicians will typically use antibiotics such as doxycycline if STARI is suspected.
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