A new tick in town

 

Climate change is being blamed for a lot of things, and among them is tick migration. So, Long Island used to be infested with the Deer Tick, and the American Dog Tick; we now are also finding the Lone Star Tick quite frequently. Between them, the Deer & American Dog ticks can transmit: Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Babesia, tick paralysis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Tularemia. The Lone Star tick can also transmit Ehrlichiosis, and a disese similar to Lyme disease.

A recent article in the wall street journal (June 11th) reports that the bite of the Lone Star tick can also cause red-meat allergy in people. Within weeks of a tick bite, victims of this complaint develop delayed anaphylactic reaction (vomiting, cramps) hours after eating red-meat; often in the middle of the night.

The moral is that tick prevention is increasingly important, for dogs, cats that go out, and for all of us!

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