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Asian Longhorned Tick Confirmed In Ky.

Posted: 11:53 AM, May 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-16 11:58:14-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)- An invasive Asian tick has now been seen in the Bluegrass.

No, thank you.

The Asian Longhorned tick has been making its trek through the country after being discovered in the United States for the first time in New Jersey in 2017.

The Department of Entomology at the University of Kentucky says the tick has been spotted in ten states, including Kentucky.

Like many ticks, the Asian Longhorned Tick has the potential to transmit pathogens to humans and livestock. So far, there have been no confirmed pathogens associated with specimens of this tick that have been tested in Kentucky or North America.