Rare tick inexplicably turns up in Arkansas


   
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A hardy species of tick that survived a New Jersey
winter has inexplicably arrived in Arkansas, and entomologists are trying to
figure out how.

The Longhorned tick is native to eastern Asia, but was discovered in New
Jersey last August and again this spring. Others were later found in Virginia
and West Virginia, but no one can explain how one showed up on an Arkansas dog.
Oklahoma State University researchers confirmed the discovery last week and the
Arkansas Agriculture Department late Monday warned ranchers to monitor
livestock. Ticks can spread disease in animals and humans. Overseas, severe
infestations have stunted growth in cattle and caused enough blood loss that
cattle have died.

Arkansas' and New Jersey's health departments say they haven't found any
disease-bearing Longhorned ticks so far.

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