Thousands of exotic longhorn ticks were found last November by a sheep in New Jersey and have recently survived the winter. Prior to the discovery, the species was absent in the United States. ( Rainey, Occi, Robbins & Egizi Journal of Medical Entomology )
A species of tick that previously did not exist in the United States may have become established in New Jersey. Authorities work to prevent the spread of species in surrounding areas.
Tick Discovery on Sheep [1
] On August 1, 2017, a resident brought ticks samples to Heren, 12 years ago, to the Hunterdon County Health Office in New Jersey-year-old Icelandic sheep. When Hannah was evidently released from her thick coat, they found hundreds of ticks that had made her her home.
Although sheep usually infect with ticks, the discovery of East Asian ticks (Haemaphysalis longicornis) is quite unique among the sheep. as they were not previously seen in the United States, but are native to East Asia. The East Asian tick, also known as longhorned tick, has also become a major pest in New Zealand, parts of Australia and some Pacific islands.
An investigation revealed that the ticks have practically invaded the concession area
"The ticks in the paddock were so numerous that they crawled on the trousers of the investigators soon after setting foot," researchers said in the published newspaper in the Journal of Medical Entomology which details the discovery.
She has since been treated with a permethrin wash and follow-up showed that there were no more ticks on the sheep or on the property. However, the data from the follow-up were associated with sub-freezing temperatures, so the researchers suspected at the time that the ticks could have died under the ground.
Winters in New Jersey
New Jersey Authorities "The latest update on this issue shows that the ticks have successfully overwintered in the state and may have become established, so local, state and federal government agencies work to curb the spread of ticks in the surrounding areas and eliminate the pest, they are also expected to work with the public to collect important information and educate them on how to protect livestock and pets. As such, the authorities urge the public to contact the state veterinarian and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Wildlife Management should anyone notice unusual ticks.
So far, investigators are still unsure how the ticks in the State came since Hannah has no history of traveling internationally o who also has just outside the county. 19659003] Potential threat
Although tick-borne tick diseases have not been detected during initial investigations, there is still a risk of disease transmission. Since the ticks are very small and are known to infect deer and other hosts, there is a possibility that they are transferred from one animal to another, without being noticed.
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