The Lone Star Tick
The lone star tick is much indigenous to much of the eastern United States. This species of ticks is also known as the northeastern water tick or the turkey tick.
Unnoticed, the lone star tick is known to bite painlessly, remaining attached to its host for as long as seven days. It will stay attached to the host until it is fully emerged with blood. The tick can spread disease by being attached more than two days.
Facts about the Lone Star Tick
It is a member of the phylum Arthropoda, class Arachnida. The adult lone star tick is sexually dimorphic, named for a silvery-white, star-shaped spot or “lone star” present near the center of the posterior portion of the adult female shield (scutum); adult males conversely have varied white streaks or spots around the margins of their shields.
Lone Star Virus
The Lone Star Virus is a bacteria known as the Bunyavirus that is transmitted by the Lone Star Tick. This bacteria is carried and transmitted by attaching itself to a host and spreading through blood transfusion of the bite. Although the virus has never been a cause of illness in humans, it has the ability to infect human cells through scientific research. Its effects were seen shortly after 72 hours of contact to the cell host.
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