As if we don’t have enough problems with new tick borne diseases right here in the Brainerd area, now our friends to the east have a whole other problem with ticks.
A tick normally found in the southern U.S. has made its way to northern Wisconsin. And it could change what you eat forever. Health officials said the lone star tick has been spotted in Eau Claire County. Lieske Giese, the Eau Claire City-County Health Department director, said the lone star tick is typically seen in the southern and eastern parts of the United States. Giese said the reason they’re here has to do with climate change and birds switching their migratory patterns. Just like other ticks, the lone star carries diseases. She said if you get bit by one, you could get a fever, rash and flu like symptoms. Officials said you won’t get a bulls-eye rash from a lone star tick, but there is another concern, especially if you like to eat red meat.
“There has been an association between people who have gotten bitten by a lone star tick and an allergy to red meat so that does exist and that is a concern,” Giese said. “There hasn’t been clear evidence that one causes the other but it’s certainly something that we’re paying attention to.”
According to the CDC, some ways to prevent tick bites are by wearing insect repellent with DEET in it, and wearing long sleeves and pants while outside. More information on preventing tick bites can be found here.