New Jersey is dealing with a tick species that is new to America

Longhorn tick

BRUCE Y. LEE / FORBES – Looks like a bunch of New Jersey residents survived the winter. But that is not really good news.

On Friday, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture announced the latest follow-up to what was described in a February 2018 publication in the Journal of Medical Entomology. The publication detailed an “uptick” in the New Jersey population that occurred last Summer. On August 1 , 2017, after shearing a 12-year-old Icelandic sheep named Hannah, a farmer went to the Hunterdon County Health Office with some new companions. Thousands of them, in fact. No, she didn’t form a flash mob. Instead, she had thousands of ticks covering her body. Yes, you can say ewe and ewwwww …

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