Lone Star Tick

The Lone Star Tick is widely distributed in the southeastern and eastern United States. It can transmit Ehrlichia chaffeensis and Ehrlichia ewingii (which cause human ehrlichiosis), tularemia, and STARI. It is a very aggressive tick that bites humans. The nymph and adult females most frequently bite and transmit disease. The adult female is distinguished by a white dot or “lone star” on her back. Lone star tick saliva can be irritating causing redness and discomfort at a bite site but it does not necessarily indicate an infection. (Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

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