Exotic tick found on Virginia beef farm

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19) -- The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says an exotic tick has been found on a beef farm in Albemarle County.

According to a release, the National Veterinary Services Lab in Iowa confirmed the finding of the Haemaphysalis longicornis tick (also known as the East Asian, Bush, Cattle or Longhorned tick) in Virginia.

The pest was found on an orphaned calf.

This kind of tick was initially found in New Jersey in 2017 on a sheep farm, but there is no known direct link from the New Jersey location to the Virginia one.

State officials will work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal and industry partners to determine the extent and significance of this finding.

Livestock producers and owners are urged to notify VDACS is they notice any unusual ticks they have not seen before or that occur in large numbers on one animal.

Ticks are usually seen in the greatest numbers during the spring and fall, but they can be found at any time of the year, especially in warmer weather.

This type of tick can transmit a disease called theileriosis to cattle but not to humans, though the species has also been associated with other tickborne diseases that do affect humans.

Livestock producers should work with the herd veterinarians to develop a tick prevention and control program.

Anyone with questions can call the VDACS' Office of Veterinary Services at (804) 786-2483. There is also information on ticks common to Virginia available at the link in the Related Links box.