CDC warns about disease threat from Asian longhorned tick

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conducting a study about potential diseases which could arise from the exotic Asian longhorned tick, found in nine states. The tick was first found in New Jersey in 2017.

“The complete agricultural and public health impact of this tick discovery as well as spread is unknown,” Ben Beard, Ph.D., who is the deputy director of CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, told in a statement. “In other parts of the world, the Asian longhorned tick can actually transmit a lot more types of pathogens that are common in the United States. We are moreover concerned that this tick, that can cause huge amount of infestations on animals, on people, and in the environment, is now spreading rapidly in the United States.”

The Asian longhorn tick is known to be a serious threat to livestock in New Zealand and Australia.

In contrast to most of the species of tick, the female can actually produce almost 2,000 eggs at a single time without even mating, which means hundreds of ticks may be found on a single person, animal or in the environment, the CDC told.

The tick has actually been found in about 45 counties in nine states, which includes Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey and Arkansas.

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