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Invasive Asian Longhorned Tick Spreads, Worrying Scientists

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Asian longhorned ticks have been found on pets, livestock, wildlife and people. (Photo: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Asian longhorned ticks have been found on pets, livestock, wildlife and people. (Photo: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WBOC)- In the year since the Asian longhorned tick was officially spotted in New Jersey, it's expanded to eight more states, including Virginia and Maryland.        

David Gaines with the Virginia Department of Health says the invasive species has been found primarily in the more mountainous western and southwestern regions of the state. The ticks have been found on cows, goats, horses, deer and a hawk thus far in Virginia.           

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the full public health and agricultural impact of the tick is yet unknown, but it can transmit known diseases and cause massive infestations. The female Asian longhorned tick can reproduce asexually, laying up to 2,000 eggs at a time.           

The tick has also been spotted in West Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

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