New Tick Species
A new tick species is spreading a potentially harmful disease across the United States. The Asian longhorned tick was discovered last year in New Jersey, but as expected, this little critter is making headway across parts of Arkansas, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Here’s an article with more information:-
A new invasive tick species capable of transmitting several severe diseases is spreading in the United States, posing an emerging threat to human and animal health. The Asian longhorned tick is the first invasive tick to arrive in the United States in about 80 years. It’s native to eastern China, Japan, the Russian Far East and the Korean Peninsula and is now also established in Australia and New Zealand.
Not just Lyme disease
When it comes to tick-borne infection, it’s not just Lyme disease that we need to be mindful of. SFTS, the virus that can be transmitted by this type of tick is serious and life-threatening.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a tick that is spreading widely across the USA. Nine states reported finding the Asian longhorned tick, which carries a variety of pathogens. The CDC said late last week it is investigating how the tick could affect the USA. “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 the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, said in a statement.
By now we hope that you have some idea as to how to protect yourself from ticks, but if you don’t then it is easy to keep safe. Wear appropriate clothing, use the correct repellent and keep your home safe from ticks by investing in professional tick control. Easy steps to take to stay safe from ticks.