REPORT: Health officials sound alarm as invasive tick, new to US, spreads
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An exotic tick previously unknown to the United States is spreading across the eastern United States with sightings in seven states this summer.
The Asian or longhorned tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis, has been found in Arkansas, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
— Maryland DNR (@MarylandDNR) August 7, 2018
The article goes on to state the following:
Native to East and Central Asia, the tick was thought to have been found for the first time in the United States after it was located on a farm in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, in November, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory recently confirmed a tick taken from a dog in Union County, New Jersey, in 2013 also was a longhorned tick.
An invasive species that congregates in large numbers, the longhorned tick can cause anemia in livestock. It is known to carry several diseases that infect hogs and cattle in Asia. So far, ticks examined in the U.S. do not carry any infectious pathogens.
The appearance in the region has prompted health officials to warn residents to take precautions when they are outside.
“Ticks can be found in your own backyard, so it is essential to wear long sleeves and pants, use insect repellent containing DEET to help keep you safe from ticks and the diseases they carry,” said Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine. “It is also important to check yourself and your pets for ticks, as pets can bring ticks indoors.”
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