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RICHMOND, Va. — In the year since the Asian longhorned tick was officially spotted in New Jersey, it's expanded to eight more states, including Arkansas.

David Gaines with the Virginia Department of Health tells The Virginian-Pilot the invasive species has been found primarily in the more mountainous western and southwestern regions of that state. The ticks have been found on cows, goats, horses, deer and a hawk thus far in Virginia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the full public health and agricultural impact of the tick is yet unknown, but it can transmit known diseases and cause massive infestations. The female Asian longhorned tick can reproduce asexually, laying up to 2,000 eggs at a time.

The tick has also been spotted in Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

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  • RecumbentDNA
    December 7, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.

    A definitive picture would be nice.

  • mrcharles
    December 7, 2018 at 12:54 p.m.

    i have it on good authority that this tick was an authorized travel companion on Noah's arc.

    And while noah was over served, this tick having become blood brothers with Noah was removed, and things have never been the same.

  • NWAGrandma
    December 7, 2018 at 2:35 p.m.

    MrCharles, your humorous observations on this and other weighty issues are great. Just what I need as I fret about these unbelievably crazy times in which we now find ourselves. Thanks!

  • WeirdThoughtsFromRabidDogs
    December 7, 2018 at 7:07 p.m.

    Are they sure the blood sucker is not just a little Politician?

  • Delta2
    December 7, 2018 at 7:55 p.m.

    Nah, the tick is an attorney.

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