Tick the season in Georgia is an annual concern, which has state health officials who express growing behavior about a…
Tick the season in Georgia is an annual concern, which has state health officials who express growing behavior about a breed of insects that can come to Georgia next year.
In one year, the Asian longhorned tick made its way up the east coast of New Jersey, where it first began in 2017. It has so far been found in Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and more recently North Carolina before moving west to West Virginia and Arkansas. Health officials are uncertain about the first appearance in the United States
The bracket has been shown to be deadly in the Eastern Hemisphere, where it carries several diseases affecting humans and animals. And the field can multiply faster than others. The female fortress can lay eggs and reproduce without mating. It can also be overcome, which researchers have cited as a factor in its rapid spread. Once it finds a host, the insect can be reproduced in thousands. In cattle it may drink enough animal blood to cause severe anemia.
Georgia’s Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Public Health have increased the state’s free-control program and take additional samples of ticks that veterinarians treat animals plagued by other varieties of insects.
“The complete public health and farm impact of this tick detection and spread is unknown,” said Ben Beard, Ph.D., Deputy Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Vector Drilled Diseases. “In other parts of the world, the Asian longhorned tick can transmit many types of pathogens common in the United States. We are concerned that this fortress, which can cause massive infestations on animals, humans and the environment, spreads in the United States.”
And while it is tempting to believe that cold weather can mean that ticks are less active, that’s not the case. “Although we see more bird infections during the summer months, ticks are an annual concern here in Georgia because of our mild climate,” said Julie McPeake, spokesman for the Agriculture Department in an email.
In appearance, the ticks resemble Georgia’s most common bracket, the Lone Star field, despite the lack of the white white spot on the back, the birthmark of the Lone Star bracket.
Health warns warn the Asian longhorned bracket can be dangerous to humans, pets and special cattle. So far no human cases of any diseases related to the Asian longhorn have been reported in the United States. But in other countries, bite from the breed has caused serious disease in both humans and pets, according to the CDC.
Scientists say that Asian longhorns carry a pathogen similar to Lyme disease, but that pathogen has not been found in the variety of breed currently spreading in the American Lyme disease, spread from the pieces of the black legs, if left untreated can cause arthritis, palpitation, nerve pain and inflammation of the brain. The bracket has been sins in several deaths in the Far East of people who have been bitten by the insect. The disease is called “severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus” and may cause hemorrhagic fever.