BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health is asking people to watch for lone star ticks and submit pictures and information by email to email@example.com.
During routine surveillance this spring, officials identified a lone star tick from the Stutsman County area. This tick can transmit several diseases to people. It is an aggressive biter and prefers human hosts. The bite from a lone star tick is thought to be associated with the red meat allergy commonly known as alpha-gal; however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states further research is needed to confirm this link.
“Finding this tick in North Dakota is rare, but we have found this species of tick three years in a row in different areas of the state,” said Kristi Bullinger, tick surveillance coordinator with the Division of Microbiology.