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Invasive Tick Confirmed in 4th Case Since 2017
Minnesota Ag Connection - 06/20/2018

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) confirmed the Longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) in Arkansas on a dog in Benton County, the Minnesota state animal health board reported Tuesday.

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is investigating the case. The Longhorned tick is native to the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia. It's a known vector for bacterial and viral tickborne diseases of animals and humans in its native countries. It's a concerning discovery in the U.S. because infestations may cause stunted growth, decreased production and livestock deaths.

This tick is known to infest a wide range of species including wildlife, humans, companion animals, and livestock. It has also been discovered in New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia. There are no known direct links between the cases in Arkansas, West Virginia, Virginia, or New Jersey.

Producers and veterinarians should work together to develop a tick prevention and control program for their livestock.

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