Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI) is contracted by humans through deer ticks. It cannot be passed from one person to another. The lone star tick is to blame for the rash, which resembles Lyme disease. The southern states in the south, from central Texas eastward as far as Maine and along the Atlantic coast, are where it is most frequently found. Seldom, if ever, is it lethal.
Ticks obtain the bacterium while feeding on smaller animals, and they later spread it to people and other mammals. The majority of the time, once a tick has been attached and fed for 36 hours, the bacteria from an infectious tick is transmitted.