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Nashville, Ark. – Cattle producers throughout Arkansas are being urged to monitor
their herds for unusual ticks and to take measures to prevent the spread of theileriosis
and other tick-related diseases. These warnings follow recent findings of Asian longhorned
ticks in northwest Arkansas by scientists with the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture. This tick can transmit the Theileria orientalis parasite. The Ikeda genotype of this organism can be fatal to cattle. Right now,
there is no treatment for the theileriosis this organism causes, and the survivors
of the infection will carry the parasite for life.
Asian longhorned ticks are small. The adult female is only about the size of a pea
when full of blood. Kelly Lofton, extension entomologist for the Division of Agriculture,
recommends that if you find a tick that does not look familiar, bring it to your county
agent along with all of the information you can about where and what it was found
on. “We would want to know if the host animal was a cow or calf, or a recent introduction
to the herd, or whether it’s been there a month or so,” he said, and “We want to know
where the cow came from, if they just brought it home.” Prevention is key to minimize
the risk of an Asian longhorned tick infestation in your herds. Jeremy Powell, veterinarian
and animal science professor, suggests using insecticidal ear tags or insecticide-infused
back rubbers cattle can walk under. Both Loftin and Powell said awareness by those
in agriculture of these ticks and the diseases they could transmit is key “so people
can be looking out for it.”
For more information on the Asian longhorned tick you can contact the Howard County
Extension office at 870-845-7517 or find helpful fact sheets on our website at www.uada.edu.
The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division
By Dawson Bailey County Extension Agent - AgricultureThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Dawson Bailey County Extension Agent - AgricultureU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service421 N. Main Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 email@example.com
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