STARI (Southern Tick‚ÄďAssociated Rash Illness)

Causative Agent (potentially)
Borrelia lonestarii
Type of Organism
Bacterial Species
Length of Attachment for Transmission

Initial Symptoms

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.

Disease Pathogenesis


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