Online phd in occupational safety and health: MMWR Article Outlines Study of Newly Arrived Ticks

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“The public health and agricultural impacts of the multistate introduction and subsequent domestic establishment of H. longicornis are not known,” Beard and his co-authors write in the article. “At present, there is no evidence that H. longicornis has transmitted pathogens to humans, domestic animals, or wildlife in the United States. This species, however, is a potential vector of a number of important agents of human and animal diseases in the United States, including Rickettsia , Borrelia , Ehrlichia , Anaplasma , Theileria , and several important viral agents such as Heartland and Powassan viruses. Consequently, increased tick surveillance is warranted, using standardized animal and environmental sampling methods.”

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