- longicornis has become a real problem for the United States. The first reporting of the Haemaphysalis longicornis took place last year in August, in New Jersey, and ever since it has spread to Arkansas, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
“The full public health and agricultural impact of this tick discovery and spread is unknown. 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,” declared Ben Beard, Ph.D., deputy director of CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases.”
Ticks become a threat
People in the United States have plenty of reasons to worry. In Asia, this species is very dangerous since it carries a disease that is able to kill 15% of those who are infected. This means that people in the US are now in danger as well.
“In other parts of the world, longhorned ticks are known to spread diseases, including the bacterial infections babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, theileriosis and rickettsiosis, as well as certain viral diseases. In China and Japan, the longhorned tick transmits a disease called severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS), which can be deadly,” reported LiveScience.
It is even more worrisome to think about the fact that the Asian longhorned tick can breed incredibly fast. In fact, females don’t need to mate and one single female is able to lay up to 2000 eggs at a time.
“Tick-borne diseases like Lyme hit an all-time high this year, just as a new tick capable of spreading disease rears its ugly head. It’s clear, urgent federal action is needed to fight the debilitating & growing public health threat of tick-borne diseases,” Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal tweeted.
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