Cattle fever ticks spreading in south Texas

All infested premises quarantined, while state and federal agencies work to inspect affected premises and surrounding areas.


BEEF Magazine 

May 18, 2020


The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Program (CFTEP) announced May 15 that they have seen an increase in fever tick confirmations outside of established quarantined areas in south Texas.


"Fever ticks have been found on cattle outside of the established quarantine areas in Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Wells, Jim Hogg and Willacy counties" in Texas, TAHC executive director Dr. Andy Schwartz said. "Many of these counties had pre-existing fever tick quarantine areas, but these newly identified premises are outside of those."


All of the infested premises have been quarantined, and TAHC staff are working alongside CFTEP to systematically inspect the premises and the surrounding areas to identify the potential span of the infestation, the agency said in an announcement.


“When we find new premises infested with fever ticks, we always conduct an investigation to determine the source of the ticks and if there has been additional spread,” Texas state epidemiologist Dr. Susan Rollo said. “We are still in the beginning stages of the investigation process; however, initial indications suggest the investigation will be extensive.”


When fever ticks are discovered on a premise, the location is quarantined. Once quarantined...