The second case of an invasive and exotic tick has been reported to the Virginia Department of Agriculture. Found in Warren County on horses that are locally owned, the first report of a longhorn (bush) tick was on a calf in Albemarle County.
Native to Japan, China and Australia, little is known about these ticks or the impact they will have on the county. Ticks are a vector of pathogens that can infect both humans and animals; this type of tick has been associated with disease in Asia.
These ticks are of serious concern; the first report of a longhorn tick in the United States was in November of 2017 in New Jersey. It is not clear how the ticks arrived stateside or if the two cases are related. Ticks can be difficult to control once established in an area.
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