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If you are bitten by a Lone Star tick, you could develop an unusual allergy to red meat. And as this tick's territory spreads beyond the Southeast, the allergy seems to be spreading with it. Robert Noonan/Science Source hide caption

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Red Meat Allergies Caused By Tick Bites Are On The Rise

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Black-legged ticks, also known as deer ticks, can carry Lyme disease. Kenneth H Thomas/Science Source/Getty Images hide caption

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Lyme Disease Is On The Rise Again. Here's How To Prevent It

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A tick grasping a dinosaur feather is preserved in 99 million-year-old amber from Myanmar. Peñalver et al/Nature Communications hide caption

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Amber-Trapped Tick Suggests Ancient Bloodsuckers Feasted On Feathered Dinosaurs

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The Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia in California includes a comprehensive collection of Pez dispensers. Flickr user Doctor Popular/Flickr Creative Commons hide caption

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From Pez To Ticks, 'Atlas Obscura' Discovers 'Wonderfully Specific' Museums

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Forbidding Forecast For Lyme Disease In The Northeast

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Scientists think the lone star tick (center) likely transmits Heartland disease to people. And the virus probably also circulates in deer and coyotes. iStockphoto; CDC; iStockphoto hide caption

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A harmful trio (from left): a deer tick, lone star tick and dog tick. Getty Images hide caption

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The Lone Star tick, common to the southeastern U.S., is responsible for inducing meat allergies in some people, scientists say. CDC Public Health Image Library hide caption

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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. Brian Mullen for NPR hide caption

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To Fight Tick-Borne Disease, Someone Has To Catch Ticks

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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. marcinplaza /iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Deer ticks like this one can spread a parasite that causes babesiosis. And infected people can spread it through blood donations. Jim Gathany/CDC hide caption

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