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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The Centers for Disease Control and the Missouri Health Department say they’ve found five new cases of a recently discovered tick-borne disease called the Heartland Virus.

Three of the five cases were in northwest Missouri. The other two were in Pulaski and Osage counties in south and central Missouri.

The Missouri Health Department’s Ryan Hobart says all these people are getting sick from tick bites from the Lone Star tick, a small brown tick identified by a white mark in the middle of its back.

Hobart says symptoms include “severe fatigue and even loss of appetite, anorexia has been found in some of them. Headaches, nausea, like many of the other tick borne illnesses that have been discovered.”

There’s no cure for the Heartland Virus, just treatment of the symptoms.

Four of the five Missouri victims were hospitalized, but all recovered.

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