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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:17 am 
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Asian Longhorned Tick Spreading Widely in U.S.
CDC investigating disease threat posed by fast-multiplying exotic tick

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For Immediate Release: Thursday, November 29, 2018
Contact: CDC Media Relations
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with public health, agricultural, and academic experts to understand the possible threat posed by the spread of the Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) in several U.S. states since its discovery in 2017, according to today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

“The full public health and agricultural impact of this tick discovery and spread is unknown,” said Ben Beard, Ph.D., deputy director of CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases. “In other parts of the world, the Asian longhorned tick can transmit many types of pathogens common in the United States. We are concerned that this tick, which can cause massive infestations on animals, on people, and in the environment, is spreading in the United States.”

New Jersey and eight other states report finding this tick

New Jersey was the first state to report the tick on a sheep in August 2017. Since then, 45 counties or county equivalents in New Jersey and eight other states—Arkansas, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia—have reported finding the tick on a variety of hosts, including people, wildlife, domestic animals, and in environmental samples.

In contrast to most tick species, a single female tick can reproduce offspring (1-2,000 eggs at a time) without mating. As a result, hundreds to thousands of ticks can be found on a single animal, person, or in the environment. Livestock producers and pet owners should work with their veterinarians to maintain regular tick prevention and report any unknown tick species to their local department of agriculture.

In other parts of the world where the Asian longhorned tick is common, it is a serious threat to livestock. In some regions of New Zealand and Australia, this tick can reduce production in dairy cattle by 25 percent.

CDC and its partners work to learn more, prevent spread of disease

To better understand the full potential impact of this tick discovery in the United States, CDC is working with a network of federal, state, and local experts representing veterinary and agricultural science and public health to:

Determine the geographic distribution of Asian longhorned tick in the United States.
Determine the kinds of pathogens carried by Asian longhorned ticks in affected states that could infect people. Pathogens found in these ticks in other parts of the world, also endemic to the United States, include Borrelia, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, Rickettsia, and Babesia.
Determine what new laboratory tests are needed to detect pathogens that could be introduced or spread by these ticks in the United States.
Establish a clean colony (ticks with no pathogens) for studies.
Determine how frequently the Asian longhorned tick bites people and animals in the United States.
Determine effective prevention and control strategies.
Eventually operating under a national strategy, this network of collaborators will work to limit the spread of tickborne diseases before they affect people and animals. This concerted, sustained national effort is needed to address the threat posed by the Asian longhorned tick, as well as the threat posed by the ongoing increase in vector-borne diseases in the United States.



Protect against tickborne diseases

Everyone can take steps to prevent tick bites:

Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD), or 2-undecanone. Always follow product instructions.
Treat clothing and gear with products containing 0.5 percent permethrin. Permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing, and camping gear and remain protective through several washings. Alternatively, you can buy permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
Check your body and clothing for ticks upon return from potentially tick-infested areas, including your own backyard. Use a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body. Place tick-infested clothes in a dryer on high heat for at least 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors.
Shower soon after being outdoors. Showering within two hours of coming indoors has been shown to reduce your risk of getting Lyme disease and may be effective in reducing the risk of other tickborne diseases. Showering may help wash off unattached ticks and is a good time to do a tick check.
Talk to your veterinarian about tickborne diseases in your area and prevention products for your dog.


For more information:

What you need to know about Asian longhorned ticks – A new tick in the United States
Preventing tick bites
Tickborne Diseases of the United States
Petersen L, Beard CB, Visser S. November 2018. Combatting the Increasing Threat of Vector-Borne Disease in the United States with a National Vector-Borne Disease Prevention and Control System. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.



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I heard about these lil buggers.

I'm pretty sure that DJ is a carrier. ;)


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I honestly never saw a tick until 4 years ago when I moved. See one a year since and luckily only one on me. Disgusting creatures


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Hawgzilla wrote:
I heard about these lil buggers.

I'm pretty sure that DJ is a carrier. ;)



Heyyy, I shower often. :D


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Ya gotta love all the stuff we get from China.
No tariff, either!.

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A small downside to being a Mt Biker is

being a tick magnet. ;)


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In group rides here, we commonly find one (deer tick) hitching a ride on one of the guys if we are rolling through trails with overgrowth. I found one on me earlier this year.


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Where I live we are Lyme disease central. One out of every five people I know, has had it or has it. I've pulled ticks off my kids and grandkids and I've done the antibiotic routine numerous times. The nymphs are the ones that infect you. Those are the ones you don't see, but get the bulls eyes a couple of days later. I'm lucky my doc is a Lyme's expert and been lucky so far after a number of bites and bulls eyes. Not a laughing matter. :x

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Flyin_W wrote:
A small downside to being a Mt Biker is

being a tick magnet. ;)


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norton55 wrote:
Where I live we are Lyme disease central. One out of every five people I know, has had it or has it. I've pulled ticks off my kids and grandkids and I've done the antibiotic routine numerous times. The nymphs are the ones that infect you. Those are the ones you don't see, but get the bulls eyes a couple of days later. I'm lucky my doc is a Lyme's expert and been lucky so far after a number of bites and bulls eyes. Not a laughing matter. :x



So far, Norton, that Asian tick has not shown up in CA. I didn't know you guys up north were so tick-y. That sucks.

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Ray, my last bite.

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I didn’t think the latched on that quickly. Hungry little monster


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Is that much redness sufficient to warrant a round of Doxy?

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Ray Dolor wrote:
Is that much redness sufficient to warrant a round of Doxy?


Wow, never seen such a large irratated area on the first day.


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