Lone star Tick Can Carry a Meat Allergy

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The lone star tick is not originally from North Dakota, but it is making it’s way into the state. 

Last year it was in Dunn and Dickey counties…and this year in Cass county. 

This tick is commonly associated with a red meat allergy.

It is not an infectious disease, but more of an immune response to the bite of the tick. 

Every time you eat red meat your body would react negatively.

Laura Cronquist, ND Dept of Health says, “The tick would feed on a separate host prior to biting a human and that host would typically be a deer, in the case of a lone star tick. So it would pick up proteins and carbohydrates from that host and then once it bites its next host, which could be a human, it could introduce those carbohydrates into the human.”

Croquist says be aware of the habitat that ticks like to live in. They like tall grass and brushy areas and they are more active when it is humid outside. 

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