Lone Star Ticks Infected With Bourbon Virus in New Jersey
Journal of Medical Entomology (Egizi, A, et al.) 5.10.23, published “Lone star ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) infected with Bourbon virus in New Jersey, USA.” The objective of this study is to highlight the health risks associated with the growing population of the lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum, in Monmouth County, NJ. Studies have shown that lone star ticks now have much higher numbers than the blacklegged (deer) tick, Ixodes scapularis in that county.
The article highlights the “…health risks of A. americanum-transmitted pathogens, such as the emerging Heartland (HRTV) and Bourbon (BRBV) viruses.” The eastern-central United States region was previously unaware of this health risk and this article aims to study the health risks of the Bourbon virus, which is being found in the rising lone star tick population.
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