(Columbia) Researchers at the University of Missouri say the Longhorned tick has been discovered in northern Missouri for the first time.
The pest has caused the losses of millions of dollars in revenue to cattle producers worldwide.
The Longhorned tick was found in the southern part of the state last year.
M-U officials say the threat to cattle, people, and their pets remains low in Missouri, but infestation of the Longhorned tick can lead to possible transmission of bovine theileriosis, a disease that kills red blood cells in cattle.
There have not been any confirmed cases in the state.