Tick that can cause meat allergy showing up in Michigan

Posted at 7:08 PM, May 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 13:05:14-04

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.