Officials warn of invasive tick detected in Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, Tennessee Department of Health, and University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) announced Friday the detection of an invasive tick in the state. 

According to a release, the Asian Longhorned Ticks were recently found on a dog in Union County and five were on a cow in Roane County. Around the U.S. the tick has been found on 17 different mammal species.

TDOA says the Asian Longhorned Tick has now spread to 11 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is no evidence the tick has transmitted pathogens to humans or animals in the U.S. 

Tips to prevent tick bites in animals and livestock include:

  • Coordinate with your veterinarian to determine appropriate pest prevention for pets and livestock.
  • Check pets and livestock for ticks frequently.
  • Remove any ticks by pulling from the attachment site of the tick bite with tweezers.
  • Monitor your pets and livestock for any changes in health

If your animals are bitten by a tick, Veterinarians suggest putting the tick in a ziplock bag, writing down the date and where the tick was most likely encountered, and storing it in the freezer. If any symptoms of tick-borne illness occur, you should take the tick to your vet. 

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