Health Officials Warn Lone Star Ticks Multiplying In State
As if Newtown Health District Director Donna Culbert was not busy enough handling coronavirus issues, she is now grappling with the news that the aggressive lone star tick is proliferating in the region.
Culbert, who has made tickborne disease education a hallmark of her administration, told The Newtown Bee this week that the latest news from colleague Goudarz Molaei, PhD, at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) is disturbing considering how many local residents are already suffering from related illnesses.
“The Newtown Health District is always concerned about tick bites and tick-borne disease, and news of the lone star tick becoming established in the region adds to the concern,” Culbert said. “Although our office has not yet received a lone star tick submitted to our office for identification yet this year, I am not naive enough to think that they aren’t out there.”
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Previously limited to the southeastern US, lone star ticks have been detected in areas with no previous record of activity….
And that includes Wisconsin:
….he diagnoses approximately 1 patient per month with Alpha-gal allergy and that the reactions can be severe, from passing out to life-threatening reactions.
The lone star tick is an aggressive biter that gives highly irritating bites. It’s known to transmit:
- rickettsiosis (RMSF)
- Heartland virus disease
- southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI)
- red meat allergy
- tick paralysis https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/2016/05/09/new-tick-species-spreading-in-michigan/
- likely the newly identified Bourbon virus disease