As if we needed worse news…

Exotic Tick invades New Jersey…

A team of Rutgers scientists along with federal and state health officials do not know if the Longhorned tick is capable of transmitting Lyme disease but it has been shown to spread other serious diseases like SFTS virus and the pathogen that causes Japanese spotted fever along with many diseases in animals.

“We don’t know how it will behave here in New Jersey,” said Andrea Egizi a visiting professor in Rutgers Department of Entomology. “What we know is that it can carry disease in its native habitats so that’s a concern.”


And Virginia…

The ticks were initially found in New Jersey. (Source:
The ticks were initially found in New Jersey. (

An exotic tick initially found in New Jersey last year was discovered on a beef farm in Albemarle County, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Wednesday.

The Haemaphysalis longicornis tick – also known as the East Asian or Longhorned tick – was discovered on an orphaned calf.

Dr. Manoel Tamassia, a vet in New Jersey,  told the “Today Show” last month that the tick comes with some pretty scary properties. For example, females can reproduce on their own, so one female by herself could produce thousands of eggs, he said.

Experts aren’t yet sure which North American diseases the tick can transmit, but it has been shown in Asia to spread diseases related to Rocky Mountain spotted fever and anaplasmosis.

“Livestock producers and owners should notify VDACS if they notice any unusual ticks that have not been seen before or that occur in large numbers on an individual animal,” VDACS said in a news release.

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