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· USDA issues record of decision on cattle fever tick control fencing in Texas
· An Exotic Tick Is Turning Up In Some Parts of the U.S. Here's What to Know
USDA issues record of decision on cattle fever tick control fencing in Texas
APHIS to begin installing wild game fencing along strategic portions of permanent tick quarantine line in south Texas.
Dec 04, 2018
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has published a record of decision for the final environmental impact statement (EIS) on cattle fever tick fencing in south Texas.
On May 31, USDA published the final environmental impact statement that discussed how to continue to protect U.S. livestock from cattle fever ticks and the disease they cause, bovine babesiosis, which is severe and often fatal. According to APHIS, the EIS found that the installation of wildlife fencing in strategic areas along the quarantine zone will create a minimally intrusive pest control measure that augments existing programs.
APHIS has now published the final record of decision and will begin working with property owners to install 8 ft. tall game fencing along strategic portions of the permanent tick quarantine line in Zapata County, Texas.
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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.
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