The East Asian tick, an exotic tick that had not been seen in the United States, has been confirmed to have winterized and established after surviving the winter months in New Jersey, prompting warnings from experts who fear that pests can transmit diseases that could harm both animals and humans.
According to a report from CBS News the East Asian tick, which is also known as a longhorned tick or shrub, is now commonplace in New Jersey, with "thousands" of them scattered throughout the been since the species was first found on a Hunterdon County farm in November. Ticks can resemble small spiders and, in general, infest deer and "a wide range of other hosts", making them a hazard to several North American wildlife species, according to a press release from the Department of Agriculture. Agriculture of New Jersey. This publication also confirmed that the species had "winterized" and added that officials have not yet determined how the tick arrived at the Garden State.
Talking CBS New York microbiologist researcher James Occi Explained that the East Asian tick was discovered for the first time in New Jersey when a resident said that several ticks had infested their sheep. He added that the woman was also "covered with the same tics" after having captured some of them and presented them for analysis.
"It was kind of strange looking, she did not know what it was, I had never seen them before."
Local, state and federal officials are working closely with researchers from the Vector Biology Center at Rutgers University to eradicate the East Asian tick and make sure it did not spread to nearby areas, but attempts to kill the plagues have not been very successful. According to Occi, not even carbon dioxide traps were able to eliminate all the ticks that were tested by the Rutgers entomologists with whom he works.
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It is also of interest to Occi and Other experts is the fact that East Asian ticks are known to carry severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS), a condition that is distinguished by a low platelet count and various symptoms, including fatigue, fever, chills , headaches, body aches and nausea. The virus could also lead to more serious conditions and affect the lymph nodes, and in some cases, the infections could be fatal.
"He has the potential, that's why we're worried," said Occi.
Meanwhile, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture said in its press release that officials will monitor farm animals and wildlife in the state for the rest of the year and educate people about what they can do to protect the animals of the tick.
As the November tests did not reveal that ticks from East Asia were carrying diseases known as ticks, such as Lyme disease or Powassan virus, researchers will test a new batch of recently collected ticks for any potential disease, ] CBS News wrote.