Tick borne illness in Missouri
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Missouri is a hotbed for tick-borne illness given its abundance of rural geography and wildlife, especially deer. The two most frequently encountered ticks in Missouri are the lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum and the American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis. Amblyomma related diseases in Missouri include human monocytic ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF), Southern Tick-Associated Rash and Illness (STARI), Tularemia, and Heartland Virus. Dermacentor ticks are capable of transmitting RMSF and Tularemia.