Author: Kassidy Vavra
They’re out for blood.
Self-cloning super-ticks are sparking worry in some as the arachnids recently were linked with killing five cows by sucking their blood dry in North Carolina.
Asian longhorned ticks were first found in the U.S. in 2017. Earlier this year, an article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases noted that the first man was bitten by one of the pests in New York State.
Dr. Bobbi S. Pritt, director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory in Mayo Clinic, said the finding was “extremely worrisome for several reasons,” she wrote in a commentary for the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, as reported by Arts Technica.
Although ticks are common in the U.S., the Asian longhorned species has sparked concern as females can lay eggs and reproduce without mating, as stated by the CDC. An individual animal may have thousands of ticks on it at one time.
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