The Lone Star tick, common to the southeastern U.S., is responsible for inducing meat allergies in some people, scientists say.
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November 27, 2012 The rare condition is starting to be seen outside of the Lone Star tick's known territory in the southeastern U.S. Scientists say this could be due to an expansion of tick territory or simply that people are being diagnosed after they leave the area.
Last year, Tom Mather caught 15,000 deer ticks in the woods of southern Rhode Island. "People really need to become tick literate," the University of Rhode Island researcher says.
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November 27, 2012 A Rhode Island researcher is a master at collecting deer ticks where other people overlook them. He caught 15,000 of them last year, and his success is a sign of a growing problem. Tick-borne diseases are on the rise.
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As white-tailed deer have returned to New England in the past century, they've brought with them tick-borne parasites that cause human diseases.
November 12, 2012 Although Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne infection in New England, researchers find that babesiosis, a disease that mimics malaria, is catching up. The swelling population of white-tailed deer and the ticks that feed on their blood may be why.
This blacklegged tick, found in a Michigan forest, probably wouldn't mind you having her over for dinner.
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February 1, 2012 Researchers counted more than 5,000 ticks to calculate the risk of Lyme disease in the Eastern U.S. Turns out the risk is high in the Northeast and nearly zero in the South.
Deer ticks like this one can spread a parasite that causes babesiosis. And infected people can spread it through blood donations.
September 9, 2011 There's no test for a malaria-like parasite that has sickened people after blood transfusions. A recent report of illnesses tied to donated blood demonstrates the need for an assay, an American Red Cross researcher says.
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