A tick that we don't typically see in Michigan was recently spotted on the west side of the state.

The Lone Star tick, which is also sometimes referred to as the northeastern water tick, or the turkey tick, is primarily found in the southeastern and eastern United States.

The problem with this nasty tick is the disease that it can transmit. The lone star tick is known to cause Alpha-Gal syndrome, which can generate an allergic reaction in people when they eat red meat. The tick's bite transmits a carbohydrate molecule called alpha-gal into the person's bloodstream, triggering an allergic reaction upon consuming red meat.

Where Was the Lone Star Tick Found?

According to Wood TV, the tick was found in Ottawa County, crawling on a boy. It was discovered by his parents and had not bitten or attached itself to the child. They say the most likely exposure was in the West Olive area near Kirk Park

What Kind of Allergic Reaction Does It Cause?

Symptoms of Alpha-Gal syndrome include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hives, itching, shortness of breath, wheezing, and congestion. It can also cause Anaphylaxis, a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention. Symptoms of anaphylaxis can include difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat or tongue, rapid drop in blood pressure, dizziness, or loss of consciousness.

While you want to avoid coming into contact with any kind of tick, this one is especially concerning.

How to Identify a Lone Star Tick

Ticks, in general, are usually pretty difficult to spot. However, if you happen to see one, look for a white spot on its back. This distinctive marking is what sets the Lone Star tick apart from others.

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