The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigates possible diseases that could stem from the exotic Asian Longhorn Ticks
"The full public health and agricultural implications of this discovery and spread of these ticks are unknown," Dr. said in a statement. "In other parts of the world, the Asian Longhorn can transmit many types of pathogens that are common in the United States, and we fear that this ticks, which can cause massive damage to animals, humans, and the environment, is spreading across the United States . "
The Asian Longhorn tick is a serious threat to livestock in Australia and New Zealand.
Unlike most species of ticks, females can produce up to 2,000 eggs at a time without mating. This means that hundreds of ticks are found in a single animal, person or environment, according to the CDC.
The tick was found in 45 districts in nine states, including New Jersey, Arkansas, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.