Southern tick-associated rash illness: Erythema migrans is not always Lyme disease

Lucas Blanton, Brad Keith, Walter Brzezinski

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Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI) is a rash occurring after a tick bite. It is a form of erythema migrans, an annular rash with central clearing that is almost identical with the erythema migrans seen in Lyme disease. The etiologic agent is not known but may be a Borrelia species. The tick vector is different in the two diseases. Serious systemic complications are not currently recognized with STARI but treatment with doxy-cycline is prudent. Differentiating STARI from Lyme disease is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)759-760
Number of pages2
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes



  • Erythema migrans
  • Lyme disease
  • Southern tick-associated rash illnesses

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  • Medicine(all)

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