UConn agriculture experts issue warning on rare tick

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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, […]

A statewide warning has been issued for anyone spending time outdoors or with animals about a rare tick known to be a heavy disease carrier.

According to officials at the UConn Extension program, the longhorned tick has been found in Westchester County in New York.

The tick has also previously been identified in western Connecticut.

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The longhorned ticks found in the United States have not been found to carry anything that causes diseases in humans, but in Asia, the tick has been associated with tick-borne encephalitis as well as Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Ehrlichia chaffeensis, Babesia species, and Powassan virus, according to officials.

The tick can also impact farm animals, as the insect can transmit a pathogen that causes theileriosis.

The tick is native to Asia and was first discovered in the continental United States in Nov., 2017 in New Jersey.

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