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Invasive Tick That Could Infect You With Potentially Fatal Disease Is Here To Stay, Officials Warn



The East Asian tick has been spotted in eight states just a year after it was first detected in New Jersey.

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  • The East Asian tick, which is known as the long-horned or bush tick, was first spotted in 201
    7 on sheep in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

In the United States, and researchers

The East Asian tick, which was first spotted in November 2017 on Sheep in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

Since then, the tick has been detected

in New York, Virginia, West Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Maryland, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In a study published Thursday in the Journal of Medical Entomology, researchers said the tick could spread to most eas

The scientists came to their conclusions after using climate data from their native habitat, including parts of China, Japan and the Korean Peninsula, to predict

"The Asian longhorned tick is a very adaptable species ," lead author Ilia Rochlin, an entomologist and researcher affiliated with Rutgers University's Center for Vector Biology, New Jersey, said in a statement.

The spreading invasion of the tick species is due to the potential to transmit it to a virus known as SFTS, which stands for severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome.

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While the new tick can carry the virus, those identified WTXF-TV reported.

"It has the potential [to carry SFTS]," microbiologist James Occi told CBS New York.

First identified in China in 2009, SFTS is an emerging infectious virus that killed 35 people in South Korea in 2013. Cases of the disease have been reported in Japan. [19659009] Symptoms of the virus include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, multiple organ failure, thrombocytopenia, low platelet count, low white blood cell count and elevated liver enzyme levels. Between 6 and 30 percent of people infected from the virus, the CDC said.

Exploding Numbers of Ticks, Mosquitoes and Fleas

The number of people who have suffered from ticks, mosquitoes and fleas has been over 12 years according to a recent CDC report. Within the same 12-year period, nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks were discovered or introduced into the US

"Zika, West Nile, Lyme and chikungunya – a growing list of diseases caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick or flea – have confronted the US in recent years, making a lot of people sick, "said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield.

Kayla Socarras, a researcher at Drexel's Center for Advanced Microbial, said: "Our nation's first lines of defense are state and local health departments and vector control organizations." Processing, said the exploding number of illness-bearing ticks, fleas and mosquitoes is concerning.

"Bugs may have survived," Socarras told WTXF.

A warming climate and associated patterns are becoming part of the exploding number of ticks, mosquitoes and fleas, scientists say

"Kim Knowlton, senior scientist and deputy director."

"Kim Knowlton, senior scientist and deputy director." of Natural Resources Defense Council's Science Center.

The CDC recommends to the following to prevent insect-borne illnesses:

• Wear to Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellent.

• Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants

• Treat items, such as boots, pants, socks and tents, with permethrin or use permethrin-treated clothing and gear.

• Take steps to control ticks and fleas on pets 659009] • Take and remove ticks daily from family and pets.

• Take steps to control mosquitoes, ticks and fleas inside and outside your home.


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