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Zoonotic Implications of Changing Tick Populations

“Practitioners in both veterinary and human medicine must remain aware of the changing geography of ticks and associated vector-borne diseases. The discovery of the Asian tick H longicornis in New Jersey and Virginia should be an important reminder of the fact that ‘ticks and tickborne pathogens do not recognize international boundaries.’ Thus, ‘a robust international disease monitoring network’ is needed to protect both human and animal health from both known and emerging tick-borne diseases.”

US BIOLOGIC Note: This summary is based on a review article published in the June 2018 issue of Veterinary Sciences and authored by Dr. Stephen Wikel, US BIOLOGIC‘s senior science advisor.

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