Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Arthro-Pod EP 120: Asian Longhorned Tick and Theileria


Hello bug lovers and welcome back to Arthro-Pod! In today's episode Jody and Jonathan sit down and talk ticks! Specifically they cover the Asian longhorned tick, an invasive species that has been spreading in the United States for the last few years. This astonishing tick has been found on numerous animals and is well known for their asexual reproduction. In addition, Jonathan talks about the recent find of theileria in the state of Kentucky. Tune in for lots of veterinary entomology talk and discussions on invasive species!

Show notes

Asian longhorned tick info-

The Asian longhorned tick, an invasive tick species has been in the news a lot since it has been discovered in the US several years ago. They were first reported in New Jersey in 2017, though research at Rutgers has shown that the species may have been in the state since as early as 2013.

Since the initial find, the tick has been found in 17 states (MO, AR, KY, TN, OH, WV, VA, GA, SC, NC, MD, DE, PA, NY, CT, NJ, RI).

The situation in Kentucky


The cases of theileria in Tennessee were first reported at the start of June 2022 and involved cattle in the central portion of the state.

Prior to this, there were cases of Ikeda documented from Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Kansas. Oher genotypes of Theileria reported in Missouri, North Carolina, and Michigan.

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