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Rare 'Lone Star Tick' spotted in northern Wisconsin

Posted at 10:27 AM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 08:57:54-04

EAU CLAIRE — A rare tick has been spotted in northern Wisconsin, one that's considered quite rare in this part of the country. But this isn't the first time the "Lone Star Tick" has been spotted in the Badger State.

The bug is known to hitch a ride up north yearly by attaching to a bird or other animal.

The CDC said the best way to avoid being bitten by a tick is to use proper insect repellent and to cover as much skin as possible if hiking or camping.

If you encounter a tick bite, experts recommend monitoring your health closely. Symptoms such as a rash, fever, headache, joint or muscle pain, or swollen lymph nodes could appear within 30 days of being bitten, according to the CDC. These can be signs of a number of tick-borne diseases.