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The Asian Longhorned Tick is an extremely aggressive tick that can cause problems for cattle producers.
Dr. Kathy Simmons, chief veterinarian for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says the tick can cause stress and transmit diseases like Theileriosis. “This is a protozoan disease that is similar to anaplasmosis,” she says. “Animals that recover may be persistently infected. The disease causes an infectious anemia in cattle.