An East Asian tick that can kill humans in 48 hours was found in the woods of New Jersey, according to Fox 29. The ticks were found in Hunterdon County, and some researchers think that the tick “can clone itself” and carry “a deadly disease.” The ones found in the U.S. have not been disease carriers. The bugs can now “move into new climates and new places where originally they would have never survived because of warmer temps and increased food supply,” Drexel researcher Kayla Socarras told the local news station. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the number of people “getting sick from ticks, mosquitos and fleas tripled over the past 12 years.” The agency also claims that the bugs “may be carrying nine new germs,” some of which have been lethal.
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