Asian Longhorned Tick Spreading in Georgia
The Asian longhorned tick’s (Haemaphysalis longicornis Neumann) presence in Georgia– the ticks latest destination– was confirmed in September 2021. The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Division is now confirming the Asian Longhorned tick is in more North Georgia counties — Pickens, Hall, White and Habersham Counties.
The tick, native to East Asia, has been found in 17 states in the U.S., first appearing in 2017, according to the CDC. The Asian Longhorned tick is an invasive species which can transfer diseases to people, pets and livestock, The tick can reproduce without mating.
An experimental study found the tick is not likely to spread Lyme disease in the U.S. However, another lab study found that the tick can carry and spread the bacteria that causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
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