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Department of Agriculture warns that exotic tick may be in West Virginia

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is warning the public to be on the lookout for a new tick threat, the longhorned tick, in the Mountain State. (New Jersey Department of Agriculture)

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is warning the public to be on the lookout for a new tick threat in the Mountain State.

On May 14, the National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed that a long horned tick, also known as the East Asian tick, was found on a calf at a beef farm in Albemarle County, Va.

“Our beef industry is the second largest agricultural commodity in the state. This exotic tick is a threat to Angus and beef farmers a like,”Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt said in a release. “We are asking the public to be aware this tick may already be in West Virginia.”

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture said it is working with the United States Department of Agriculture and other West Virginia stakeholders to determine if the tick is in the state.

If you find a suspicious-looking tick, contact the department of agriculture at 304-558-2214.


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