Investigation of Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI)
Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI) is a rash similar to the rash of Lyme disease
that occurs in persons residing in southeastern and south-central states and is associated
with the bite of the lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum. The cause of the rash is unknown,
as it is the natural course of the disease. This protocol aims to investigate the cause of
STARI, in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Skin
biopsies and blood samples will be taken from patients with suspected STARI and will be used
to search for an infectious agent and to develop diagnostic tests for the disease.
Frank Maldarelli, M.D.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
United States: Federal Government
|National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike||Bethesda, Maryland 20892|
|National Center for Infectious Disease||Fort Collins, Colorado|