A certain tick species associated with bats was first found in New Jersey – a potential health risk to people, pets, and animals, according to a Rutgers-led study.
The study, which appeared in Medical Entomology Journal, Identifies the species of tick, known as carios kelly (or) C.kelleyi), As a “soft” tick. According to Rutgers, deer ticks, carriers of Lyme disease, are an example of a “hard” tick.
A parasitic, soft tick species of bats are known in 29 of the 48 contiguous US states. This was confirmed in the Garden State after larvae were collected from large brown bats in Mercer and Sussex counties in central and northern New Jersey, respectively. This species of ticks has been found to have germs that can be harmful to people and animals such as pets and animals.
“All ticks feed on blood and can transmit pathogens (disease-causing germs) during feeding,” lead author James L. Said Okie, a doctoral student at the Rutgers Center for Vector Biology at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. “We should be aware that if you remove bats from your belfry, attic or elsewhere, ticks fed to those bats may be left behind and may be looking for a new source of blood. Records of C. Kelly Is biting humans. ”
Meanwhile, senior author Dina M., a professor and director of the Center for Vector Biology. Fonseca said that although the public health risk is unknown, “finding them on bats in New Jersey was an unusual event that prompted bat experts to contact us. Perhaps these ticks are becoming more common.”