In­va­sive Asian longhorned tick spreads, wor­ry­ing sci­en­tists

El Dorado News-Times - - Obituaries -

RICH­MOND, Va. (AP) — In the year since the Asian longhorned tick was of­fi­cially spot­ted in New Jersey, it's ex­panded to eight more states, in­clud­ing Vir­ginia.

David Gaines with the Vir­ginia Depart­ment of Health tells The Vir­ginian-Pilot the in­va­sive species has been found pri­mar­ily in the more moun­tain­ous west­ern and south­west­ern re­gions of the state. The ticks have been found on cows, goats, horses, deer and a hawk thus far in Vir­ginia.

The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Control and Preven­tion says the full pub­lic health and agri­cul­tural im­pact of the tick is yet un­known, but it can trans­mit known dis­eases and cause mas­sive in­fes­ta­tions. The fe­male Asian longhorned tick can re­pro­duce asex­u­ally, lay­ing up to 2,000 eggs at a time.

The tick has also been spot­ted in Mary­land, West Vir­ginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, New York, Penn­syl­va­nia and Con­necti­cut.

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