The possibility of severe tickborne illness is increasing as an aggressive tick from the American southeast moves up the Atlantic Coast.

The primary carrier of Lyme disease is the well-known blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis. Found throughout the northeastern and upper Midwest, the blacklegged tick can carry babesiosis, anaplasmosis, and the emergent Powassan virus in addition to Lyme disease. I. scaplaris is continuing to expand its territory northward and if that were not bad enough, so is the lone star tick.

Named for the single white dot on the back of the female tick, the lone star… more


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