Tick that can cause meat allergy showing up in Michigan

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Lone Star Tick - from CDC webpage

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State University Extension entomologist says a tick more common to the southeastern states than to northern forests appears to be increasing its numbers in Michigan.

Howard Russell tells The Times Herald of Port Huron that what makes that a concern is it appears to cause a meat allergy in some of the people. The Lone Star tick is found throughout the South and the eastern half of the United States.

Howard says there was a time when you didn’t have to worry about ticks in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. He says he gets complaints almost daily from people about ticks.

Jean Tsao, an associate professor in the Departments of Fisheries and Wildlife and Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Michigan State University, says the tick is invading northward.

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  • Fidel Sarcastro

    Thanks for telling us about the tick, FOX17! We really wanted to know what MSU profs have to say about the past history of ticks in the state, far more than we needed any useful information about the tick posing a current health risk today, so for providing that crucial public service we thank you.

    • Kevin

      It wouldn’t be so bad, but they post a picture that isn’t even the right tick! That picture is a black legged deer tick, not a Lone Star tick. So not only are they not providing useful information to the public, they are actually misinforming the public! That crosses the line between failing to provide a public service and enters the territory of doing a public DISservice. Further, because public health is involved, providing such misinformation could very well be considered an active endangerment of public health.

      This news organization has abandoned even the pretense of providing a public service and has shunned the last vestiges of public responsibility.

      • Charles W. Smithson

        As an epidemiologist, I have to concur. Presenting public health matters should be done with great care for this exact reason. This is very misleading and uninformative at best, and at worst it could cause some individuals a life-long serious health problem should they fail to correctly identify the Lone Star tick. I would urge Fox 17 to update the information and include the correct photograph as soon as possible.

  • Bob Brenzing

    The tick picture has been fixed with one from the CDC. Also, a reporter is looking into this story for local updates. The story as printed is from the Associated Press.

    • Kevin

      Thanks for updating the pic, Bob. I should point out though that just because something is “as printed from the Associated Press” does not automatically make it responsible to publish. The AP is not nearly the reputable organization it once was, and even if it were so it would be irresponsible to not review what you get from it just as critically as you would review an article from a new hire right out of college. There is stil nothing here of any concrete value to the public, beyond that they may have to be concerned about this new tick. As such, this qualifies as nothing but fear-mongering and has no place in a legitimate news publication.

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