Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness (STARI)

The cause of STARI is considered to be unknown although research suggests the bacterium, Borrelia lonestari may be responsible. Patients who are diagnosed with STARI have a history of being bitten by a lonestar tick suggesting it is the source of transmission.

Because the cause of STARI is unknown, there is no confirmed treatment. However, physicians will typically use antibiotics such as doxycycline if STARI is suspected.