October 1, 2022
Tick that can trigger red meat allergy found in Kalamazoo

In a news release, the county reported the tick was found during a routine tick drag at the Kleinstuck Preserve on May 20. Tick drags are conducted regularly by the county’s Environmental Health Division, to keep track of common pests like blacklegged ticks that are known to carry Lyme disease.

Lone star ticks are more popular in other parts of the country but have been known to pop up in the southern portion of Michigan. Lone star ticks aren’t known to transmit Lyme disease but they do carry several others, including tularemia and Bourbon virus.

“There’s a new tick in our area. It can have different diseases than what we might normally see,” Kalamazoo County Environmental Health Division Chief Lucus Pols said.

“If you have fever, sore throat, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting… any of those types of symptoms, go see your doctor,” Pols said. “If you know you’ve had a tick embedded on you, let them know that.”

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