ST. LOUIS (AP) – Relatives of a 58-year-old Missouri park worker who died of complications from the tick-borne Bourbon virus want to warn the public about the illness.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that after Tamela Wilson had worked at Meramec State Park, which is located about 60 miles southwest of St. Louis, near the town of Sullivan.
After her June 23 death, the state Department of Natural Resources announced that the park was “an area of interest” in an investigation of a case of Bourbon virus, and ticks were tested. The state health department confirmed the same day that a resident had contracted the virus, but didn’t mention the death.
Wilson’s daughter, Amie May, thinks the statements were too vague. She says she wants “people to know it’s out there.”
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