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Oklahoma State researchers identify exotic tick discovered in Arkansas

Oklahoma State researchers have identified an exotic tick found on a dog in Arkansas. (Courtesy OSU)

Oklahoma State researchers have identified an exotic tick discovered in Arkansas.

The tick, a Haemaphysalis longicornis or the nymphal longhorned tick, was discovered on a dog in Arkansas. Dr. Susan Little's research group from the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences confirmed the tick's identification through sequencing.

“We knew to be on the lookout for this tick given recent reports in New Jersey, Virginia, and West Virginia,” Little said. “We are very glad we were able to assist on efforts to understand the current distribution of this new species.”

The longhorn tick comes from East Asia and has spread to Australia, New Zealand and the eastern United States. The tick feeds on people, cattle, horses, dogs, cats and small ruminants.

Researchers say that modern tick control products are effective against the longhorn tick.

If you find any unusual ticks, the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences will take them for identification. Find instructions on how to submit, here.

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