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MOUNT VERNON, Mo. (AP) — Agriculture officials are reporting an abundance of ticks this spring in southwest Missouri.
University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Eldon Cole says the insects are being found in large numbers on pets, livestock and humans.
He attributes the large numbers to the unusually mild winter. Cole says heavy tick infestations are an economic concern because they irritate and occasionally sicken cattle.
Ticks can transmit anaplasmosis, a bacterial infection with symptoms similar to the flu. In cattle, clinical signs are severe and profound anemia, and the mortality rate escalates as animals become older and have a higher need for oxygen. The greatest problems are with pregnant and nursing cows.
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