Have you heard of the Heartland tick borne virus? It's time to find out more since it has now been seen in the state of Arkansas.  

HealthCARE Express issued a statement warning the community about the Heartland tick-borne virus. According to the press release, Heartland has been linked to the bite of a Lone Star tick. Since a case was recently diagnosed in Northwest Arkansas, it's time to learn more about it and how to avoid it.

Heartland is a tick-borne virus that is brought on by a bite from a Lone Star tick, according to the CDC. The symptoms of Heartland include: fever ,fatigue ,headaches, muscle aches, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and suspect that you could be infected with Heartland virus, please get medical treatment.

To reduce your risk of becoming infected practice these easy tips to avoid the bite:

Always use insect repellant when outdoors.

Wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors.

Avoid bushy and wooded areas.

Check your body thoroughly for ticks after spending time outdoors.