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Senator Toi W. Hutchinson
40th District

tickSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) urges caution and preparedness to avoid tick bites in light of a Kankakee resident testing positive for a tickborne virus.

The positive test was for the Heartland virus, the first reported case in Illinois. Heartland virus was first identified in 2009 and almost all afflicted individuals have been hospitalized.  Although most people infected have fully recovered, a few have died.  There are no vaccines to prevent Heartland virus infections. 

“We have to continue to be very careful. While we are entering fall, these threats still exist because of the warmer weather we are experiencing,” Hutchinson said. “It’s important to be aware of the symptoms and to take measures to prevent tick exposure.”

Signs and symptoms of infection can include fever, headaches, fatigue, muscle aches and diarrhea.  Most people have reported becoming sick about two weeks after being bit by a tick. While there is no treatment, doctors can treat some of the symptoms. 

If you have been bitten by a tick and think you may have Heartland virus or another tickborne illness, visit a health care provider. 

Ways to avoid tick bites include:
• Wearing light-colored, protective clothing—long-sleeved shirts, pants, boots or sturdy shoes, and a head covering. 
• Applying insect repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin for protection that lasts several hours.
• Walking in the center of trails so grass, shrubs and weeds do not brush against you.
• Checking yourself, children, other family members and pets for ticks every two to three hours.
• Removing any tick promptly by grasping it with tweezers, as close to the skin as possible and gently, but firmly, pulling it straight out. Wash your hands and the tick bite site with soap and water.



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