The first confirmed Asian Longhorned Tick for the state of Kentucky was found in Martin County. The Asian Longhorned Tick is a new, invasive tick species that was reported in the United States for the first time in New Jersey in 2017. It is now confirmed in 10 states, including Kentucky. Like many ticks, the Asian Longhorned Tick has the potential to transmit pathogens to humans and livestock. So far, there have been no confirmed pathogens associated with specimens of this tick that have been tested in Kentucky or North America, but that could change.

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