The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alerts the public to the Asian Longhorn Ticks, a species of ticks not normally found in the United States and known for their ability to reproduce massively. Since its discovery in 2017, it has been discovered in several states this week, according to the weekly report on morbidity and mortality.
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"The impact on public health and agriculture detection and spread of ticks is unknown," said Ben Beard, deputy director of the CDC Division of Vector-borne Diseases in a news release. "In other parts of the world, the Asian Longhorn can transmit many types of pathogens common in the United States. We fear that this tick, which can cause massive infections of animals, humans and the environment, is spreading throughout the United States. "
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The Asian long-horned tick can reproduce much faster than other ticks.
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Eight states have reported Asian ticks on long horns.
New Jersey was the first federal state to report the tick after finding an attack on a sheep. Since then, eight other states – Arkansas, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia – have reported finding the tick in a variety of hostages, including humans, wildlife, pets, and the environment.
Local-to-state experts work to prevent the spread of disease.
To better understand the potential impact of this tick discovery in the United States, the CDC says it is working with a federal network, state and local experts specializing in veterinary medicine, agricultural science and public health. Their goals include determining where the ticks are, what types of pathogens they might carry to infect humans, and how often they bite humans and animals. They also plan to develop prevention and control plans.
"In other countries, ticks from these ticks can make people and animals seriously ill," said Drs. Sloan Manning, Medical Director of Novant Health Dring Care and Occupational Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, told ABC News. "From October 2018, no harmful germs were found in the ticks collected in the United States."
Although Asian long-horned ticks pose a threat, you should be aware of all ticks.
Ticks are already very common in the US and live in areas with tall grass or near animals. They can not survive without feeding on blood. So when they find a host, they hang on and stay
Although ticks are often associated with Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain detected fever and ehrlichiosis, Manning said, most of them would not carry these diseases. Nevertheless, it is important to remove them because the longer they stay, the more likely they are to transmit a disease – if they have a disease.
"It takes several hours for a tick to transfer bacteria to the skin," Manning said. "If you believe it has been adhering for more than 24 hours, or if you have a fever, rash or other typical symptoms, you should consult a doctor."
In most cases, however, it is sufficient to "remove the tick with firm forceps," she added.
Here are some tips to help prevent tick bites:
• Avoid woody, grassy, or humid areas or places where you may encounter deer or other animals.
• Wear clothing and equipment such as boots, long pants, long-sleeved shirts and socks treated with 0.5 percent permethrin.
• Apply insect repellent to the exposed skin with DEET and follow the instructions on the container. In general, repellents containing 98% DEET hold about 10 hours, those with 7% DEET about two hours.
• Have a bath or shower as soon as possible after you get home to wash off and find ticks more easily.
• Perform a full-body tick check with a hand or full-length mirror to see all the parts of your body, including the arms, in and around the ears, in the navel, behind the knees, and between the knees, legs, around the waist and especially in the hair.
• Make sure your pets are treated with flea and tick protection on a monthly basis.
Eric M. Strauss is Editor-in-Chief of the ABC News Medical Unit. He looks forward to your feedback on @abcnewshealth and @ericmstrauss.