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adult female Asian longhorned tick

adult female Asian longhorned tick

The Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) is the first invasive tick to emerge in the United States in about 80 years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A new analysis by Ilia Rochlin, Ph.D., entomologist and researcher affiliated with the Rutgers University Center for Vector Biology, suggests the Asian longhorned tick could survive in a large swath of eastern North America as well as in the coastal Pacific Northwest. “At these initial stages of the Asian longhorned tick invasion, this coarse-scale modeling can alert public health and veterinary authorities in moderate- to high-risk regions,” Rochlin says. “Hopefully, this awareness will lead to increased surveillance and expanded public outreach and education, especially to the most exposed: farmers, hunters, outdoor workers, pet owners.” (Photo credit: Jim Occi, Rutgers University Center for Vector Biology)

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