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CDC warns of exotic ticks spreading across the nation that may carry diseases

Nine states have reported finding the Asian longhorned tick, which is known to carry a variety of pathogens.

 

Author: Ashley May, USA TODAY

via WKYC 3 (OH) - December 3, 2018

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a tick that is spreading widely across the United States.

 

Nine states have reported finding the Asian longhorned tick, which is known to carry a variety of pathogens. The CDC said late last week it is investigating how the tick could impact the U.S.

 

“The full public health and agricultural impact of this tick discovery and spread is unknown ... We are concerned that this tick, which can cause massive infestations on animals, on people, and in the environment, is spreading in the United States,” Ben Beard, deputy director of CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, said in a statement.

 

Asian longhorned ticks are somewhat unusual in that a single female tick can reproduce up to 2,000 eggs without mating. So, hundreds to thousands of ticks can be found on a single person or animal.

 

New Jersey was the first state to report an Asian longhorned tick, first on a dog in 2013 and more recently in August 2017 on a sheep. Since then, eight other states have reported finding the tick on animals, people and in environmental samples: Arkansas, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

 

Health officials do not know whether the longhorned tick is capable of transmitting Lyme disease, but it has been shown in Asia to spread other serious diseases such as SFTS virus and the pathogen that causes Japanese spotted fever, along with many diseases in animals...

 

more, including video report

https://www.wkyc.com/article/news/nation-world/cdc-warns-of-exotic-ticks-spreading-across-the-nation-that-may-carry-diseases/507-620046990

 

 

An Exotic Tick Is Turning Up In Some Parts of the U.S. Here's What to Know

 

By Jamie Ducharme, TIME

December 3, 2018

 

A tick that can cause “massive infestations” is spreading across parts of the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns.

 

The Asian longhorned tick is not typically seen in the Western Hemisphere. Nonetheless, the pest has been found on people and animals in multiple U.S. states over the past year, the CDC says. The emergence of this new type of tick to the U.S. comes as ticks are becoming more widespread; diseases spread by tick, mosquito and flea bites tripled from 2004 to 2016, the agency reported in May.

 

“The full public health and agricultural impact of this tick discovery and spread is unknown,” said Ben Beard, deputy director of the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, in a statement. “In other parts of the world, the Asian longhorned tick can transmit many types of pathogens common in the United States. We are concerned that this tick, which can cause massive infestations on animals, on people, and in the environment, is spreading in the United States.”

 

Here’s what to know about the Asian longhorned tick.

 

What is the Asian longhorned tick? ...

 

Where have they been found in the U.S.? ...

 

Is the tick dangerous? ...

 

What should people do about the Asian longhorned tick? ...

 

more, including video, links

http://time.com/5469273/asian-longhorned-tick/