Health experts are again warning the public about a relatively new tick-borne disease that has now claimed two lives—one in Oklahoma, the other in Tennessee.
An Oklahoma man has died after acquiring the Heartland virus, making him the second person in the U.S. to die after coming down with the illness, state health officials said Tuesday.
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.
The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed that the Heartland Virus is borne by ticks.
The CDC is calling it the Heartland Virus and it hit two farmers just north of St. Joseph in 2009.