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Two men from northwestern Missouri fell ill with a tick-borne disease that scientists had never seen before, according to a report in today’s New England Journal of Medicine.
The new ailment was dubbed the Heartland virus after the Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, where the men were treated.
In the trees and grasses of the South, there are a growing number of unwanted visitors that at best are an itchy nuisance and at worst can carry debilitating diseases: Ticks.
Caribbean crazy ants, tick-borne diseases and organic farming are on the agenda for the 2012 Joint Meeting of the Southeastern and Southwestern branches of the Entomological Society of America on March 4 through 7 in Little Rock, Ark.