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Warning Issued For “Reverse Zombie" Tick Bites

The occurrence of Lyme disease has been increasing rapidly in Quebec for the past several years mostly due to the fact that the tick population is 10 times larger than it was 20 years ago.    

And now that summer has arrived, the ticks are headed our way. But there's one tick in particular you need to watch out for this year. It's called the "Reverse Zombie Tick" and it's freakin' terrifying 

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When regular ticks bite you, you can develop lyme disease, fatigue, fever, skin rash and headaches, heart palpitations, extreme fatigue, and even nervous system disorders.

But when zombie ticks bite you, it can cause everything from extreme itchiness, stomach cramps, trouble breathing, and most baffling of all, you can develop an allergy to meat!

You read that right, one bite from this tick and you can suddenly become intolerant to meat. But you won't just feel bloated or burpy, you can actually go into anaphylactic shock and die. 

Unfortunately the condition has only been recently discovered so there is a lot that still isn't known about the allergy to meat, so for now, the only thing you can do is to protect yourself. 

The tick can easily be recognized by the white dot on its back, which is why it's also called the Lone Star Tick. 

Anyone who practices outdoor activities needs to watch out for the bugs, especially if they are in areas with tall grass. You must remember to wear pants and long-sleeved shirts, tuck your pants into your socks, and use insect repellent.

If you spot a tick on your body, you must remove it immediately with tweezers without squeezing it too hard so it doesn't release more bacteria into your body. Once removed, clean the area with soap. 

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