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The Longhorn Ticks, also known as East Asian Ticks, have been found in two districts of New Jersey in recent months
The species has never been discovered in the garden state and is known to be a serious plague for animals and People
Officials said it was not clear if long-tailed ticks could spread tick-borne diseases common to New Jersey
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Longhorned ticks have been found in Hunterdon and Union Counties Found this spring, months after the New Jersey Department of Agriculture officials said that the native species found in East Asia was locked onto a sheep on a farm. At the last sighting, the tick, which had never been found in America before, was in the wild and eating on a white tail deer.
Officials said that the tick, which can normally be found in warmer habitats, has become established in the state. The Department of Agriculture and Rutgers University are working to eradicate the species in the areas where they were found.
But experts said to NBC's "Today" that the tick – also called the East Asian tick and bush tick – probably continues
"I'd be surprised if it does not spread out of New Jersey quickly," said James Lok, professor for Parisitology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Longhorned Tick females can reproduce themselves Officials said "Today". And unlike ordinary deer ticks, they are not picky about what they buckle up in any part of their lives.
The Department of Agriculture said in a press release that ticks are a serious plague for livestock, wildlife, pets and humans and can spread disease to humans and animals. They are particularly dangerous for cattle because they transmit a disease called theileriose, which can lead to severe anemia or death.
Officials said it was unclear whether long-tailed ticks could spread tick-borne diseases that occur in New Jersey. But Lok said "Today" there is evidence that the species can transmit Lyme disease.
"(The Langhorn tick has) has a pretty terrible track record in China, Japan and more recently in New Zealand and Australia," Lok said. "And one can not assume that it would be able to transmit the associated diseases in North America."