Celine Moreau, CTV London
Published Thursday, June 27, 2019, 3:34 EDT
Last updated Friday 28 June 2019 8:16 EDT
A rare cross has been found in London and Strathroy, and it has got the conversation when it comes to ticks and cross-borne diseases.
The Lone Star junction is native to the southern United States and Mexico and it is a cross that has found its way to London and the Oakridge Animal Clinic.
"We had a client bring a cross they found on their cat, a cat who had no travel history and is local to the Medway Creek area, and the owner brought the junction and still lived when they brought it in," Dr. Gillian Egli, a veterinarian and owner of the Oakridge Animal Clinic.
Lone Star fleets have been found from time to time in the region. They travel generally from the south to birds, but if one is bitten by one, it can potentially have serious side effects, says Egli.
"It is a very scary cover, it carries diseases that can be transmitted to dogs and to humans … one of the biggest problems with this tick is that it can cause you to develop an allergy to red meat. "
Rafts and cross-borne diseases have recently been the focus, especially those bearing Lyme Disease, which can be very debilitating for both animals and humans.
Dr. Adam Mahovlich, a veterinarian at Elgin Animal Hospital, says, "People need to know it's going to be a problem in our area … We definitely see more deer ticks this year, more black-bone ticks … In the past, it's used to Be More the American Dog Cross. "
Mahovlich says people can protect their dogs from Lyme Disease, but that is not the case for humans, and if you have a pet that goes outdoors, be careful.
"They are the animals that can cross a home and if it falls, the person living in the house is in danger of getting the junction attached to them and entering into the Lyme Disease." 1
"We are starting to get 30-40 a day to appear on the health unit. The vast majority are dog fleets that do not transmit Lyme Disease, but we still have the black-bone tick displayed through Middlesex County and the City of London," says the health unit. Jeremy Hogeveen.
Whatever the species, although Hogeveen says rafts are clever and once attached to a human will hide on the body.
"Then they begin to move into areas you are not going to look too often so your armpits suffer your scalp behind your ears and behind the knees they are clever and hiding quickly."
Therefore, it is important to check your body if you are in an area where ticks are common.
Some additional items from the health care unit include:
- use bug spray containing DEET
- ticks do not fly or jump, they attach to legs and feet and then crawl up so you can also wear long pants for protection
- Check yourself and your children after being in intersection areas
- If you find a cross, you can always bring it to the health unit for verification of the species
The health unit has more information available on its website.