“It’s Just A Bug Bite”: Park Superintendent Died In 3 Weeks

Date June 27, 2018

For more than a decade, Tamela Wilson worked in a state park. During these years, the woman learned a lot about dangerous insects and their bites. But it didn’t save her from a bite that took her life.

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The 58-year-old woman worked at Meramec State Park in Missouri, USA. In May of 2017, Wilson noticed two small ticks on her skin – not an uncommon thing for her. But only a few days later, she fell terribly ill.


Doctors shrugged their shoulders clueless, while Ms. Wilson's health was getting worse. Finally, the blood tests revealed an ultra-rare tick-borne disease called Bourbon virus, discovered only in 2014. It is a virus without a cure that causes a severe rash on the skin and many other complications.

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Just 3 weeks after being hospitalized, the woman passed away. The grieving family has launched a campaign to raise awareness about this disease.

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This story teaches an important lesson: Take care when hiking and use tick repellents. Don’t forget to take care of your pets as well.

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