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East Asian tick found on calf in Virginia

Tick (Photo credit: MGN Online)

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) confirmed Wednesday that the Haemaphysalis longicornis tick (more commonly known as the East Asian or Longhorned tick) was found on a calf in the Commonwealth.

Officials said the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the finding on Monday. The tick appeared on an orphaned calf on a beef farm in Albemarle County. In late 2017, the same kind of tick was found in New Jersey. No known direct link exists from the Virginia farm to the area in New Jersey where the ticks appeared on a sheep farm.

Multiple agencies are trying to determine the extent and significance of this finding. Livestock producers and owners should notify VDACS if they notice any unusual ticks that have not been seen before or that occur in large numbers on a single animal. You can view a more detailed tick list by clicking here.

Officials ask that livestock producers work with their herd vets to develop a tick prevention and control program. Livestock owners may also contact VDACS's Office of Veterinary Services at 804-786-2483.

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