This Asian species of carnivorous tick is a particularly voracious lover of tender meat that is gradually colonizing North America. The health alert was issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
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Ticks found in the USA and Canada are parasites that feed on the blood of their hosts. Tick stings are actually “bites” and are particularly common in wooded areas in spring. Although the bite wound is generally painless, the bite of a tick can transmit Lyme disease.
While the term epidemic, or even pandemic could be used given the increasing number of individuals contracting this disease each year, a new threat is currently emerging in North America. The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has just reported the presence in the US and Canada of a particularly aggressive species known as the Asian tick. Of size disproportionate to the US tick, this species from South-east Asia has a rigid snout with particularly large teeth that can cause severe bites on various parts of the human body. Up to five centimetres long, or about the size of a small sparrow, the Asian carnivorous tick is particularly voracious and does not feed, like its American counterpart, on blood but rather on living flesh.
These carnivorous ticks particularly affect animals with tender flesh, such as dogs and cats, which they can devour in just a few days depending on how hungry they are. But humans are not spared either, and there have been several reports of people having lost a hand, an arm or a leg devoured by these particularly voracious carnivorous ticks.
Health authorities strongly recommend that, on your way home from a nature walk, you inspect yourself thoroughly, looking in every nook and cranny, to make sure that you have not been bitten by a tick which has then started feeding on you.