lone star tick

noun

Definition of lone star tick 

: an ixodid tick (Amblyomma americanum) of the southern, central, and eastern U.S. that attacks mammals and birds, is a vector of several diseases (such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and ehrlichiosis), and in which the adult female has a single white spot on the back

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The red-meat allergy isn't the only ailment spread by the lone star tick. Thomas Leavy, CBS News, "Maine on the lookout for ticks that cause red-meat allergy," 25 June 2018 The lone star tick is found in much of the eastern U.S., but is most common in the South. CBS News, "Red meat allergy transmitted by lone star ticks on the rise," 5 July 2018 Along with more typical varieties found in this area, such as the American dog tick and the deer tick, vets are seeing more cases involving lone star ticks, which are easily identified by the white star-like marking on their backs, Stover said. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Influx of ticks this spring prompts alerts from Kane County Health Department," 9 June 2018 The lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum, can transmit ehrlichiosis and tularemia. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "New Jersey's first 'tick blitz' census shows disease-carrying pest is spreading," 6 June 2018 The second most common tick is the lone star tick, also known as the seed tick, turkey tick or deer tick. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Tick season: What you need to know to keep yourself, and your dog, safe," 23 May 2018 According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, there are many species of ticks in Indiana, but the three most common are the American dog tick, lone star tick and the black-legged tick. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Tick season: What you need to know to keep yourself, and your dog, safe," 23 May 2018 Another tick found in Connecticut that can transmit diseases is the lone star tick. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Tick-borne Diseases In Connecticut," 6 May 2018 In Illinois, the lone star tick, the American dog tick and the deer tick carry the bacteria that causes ehrlichiosis. 5. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "Bug-bite diseases are on the rise nationwide: What to watch out for in Illinois," 4 May 2018

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lone star tick

noun
\ ˈlōn-ˈstär- \

Medical Definition of lone star tick 

: an ixodid tick of the genus Amblyomma (A. americanum) of the southern, central, and eastern United States that attacks mammals and birds, is a vector of several diseases (as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis), and in which the adult female has a single white spot on the back

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