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Officials: Mercer County confirms presence of longhorned tick

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Officials: Mercer County confirms presence of longhorned tick Officials: Mercer County confirms presence of longhorned tick
MERCER COUNTY -

Mercer County has become the fourth county in New Jersey to confirm the presence of the longhorned tick, according to state officials.

According to evidence, the tick, also known as the East Asian tick, has been in the state since 2014, much longer than had previously known.

It is not considered a threat to people, and the NJDA has yet to find any diseases being carried by the tick in the state.

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Officials say they are concerned about the impact the ticks could have on animals such as cattle, horses, and deer.

The tick has also been found in Virginia and West Virginia.

It is unknown if they are related to the ticks in New Jersey.

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