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12/16/2019 - Range Expansion of the Lone Star Tick in the Northeastern United States

A new article "Bracing for the Worst — Range Expansion of the Lone Star Tick in the Northeastern United States" was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Lone Star ticks are associated with several illnesses including tularemia, ehrlichiosis, Heartland virus disease, STARI and red meat allergy. Lone Star ticks do not transmit Lyme Disease but the symptoms of STARI and Lyme disease are similar. More information can be found here including an audio interview with Dr. Goudarz Molaei on range expansion of the lone star tick and other tick species and implications for human health.