January 03, 2020
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Invasive longhorned tick found for 1st time in New England

Jim Occi | Rutgers University via AP
Jim Occi | Rutgers University via AP
This undated photo provided by Rutgers University shows three Longhorned ticks: from left, a fully engorged female, a partial engorged female, and an engorged nymph. A hardy, invasive species of tick that survived a New Jersey winter and subsequently traversed the mid-Atlantic has mysteriously arrived in Arkansas. No one is sure how the Longhorned tick, native to East Asia, arrived in the country, nor how it made its way to the middle of the continent.

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — An invasive tick species native to Asia that’s been spreading across the eastern United States has been found for the first time in New England.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said Monday the longhorned tick was spotted in Connecticut this fall, marking the first finding of the pest in New England.

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The tick is known for transmitting disease to livestock and wild animals. The department is asking livestock producers and wildlife rehabilitators to check animals for the tick.

It hasn’t been linked to human diseases in the United States, but it’s been known to spread a potentially deadly virus to humans in Asia.

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The first longhorned tick in the United States was found last year in New Jersey.

Since then the ticks have been spotted in several states.


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