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.
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.