The news is pretty disturbing as the mosquito and tick populations of the world advance further north due to the warming climate of the earth, especially those varieties of mosquito and ticks that carry and spread disease. Following are a couple of articles from the Association's publication that duplicates these articles in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Extracts and links to the full articles are included, if you care to read.
What is already known about this topic? Haemaphysalis longicornis is a tick indigenous to Asia, where it is an important vector of human and animal disease agents, which can result in human hemorrhagic fever and substantive reduction in dairy production.
During 2017–2018, H. longicornis has been detected in Arkansas, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia on various species of domestic animals and wildlife, and from two humans.
The presence of H. longicornis in the United States represents a new and emerging disease threat. Characterization of the tick’s biology and ecology are needed, and surveillance efforts should include testing for potential indigenous and exotic pathogens.
Combatting the Increasing Threat of Vector-Borne Disease in the United States with a National Vector-Borne Disease Prevention and Control System is needed.
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