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Bont Ticks With Disease Causing Death in Livestock Discovered on St. Croix

Staff Consortium | April 14, 2021

The V.I. Dept. of Agriculture announced Tuesday that a cluster of tropical bont ticks were found in Estate Lower Love on St. Croix on a herd of sheep and horses. These ticks were discovered during a farm visit by the Division of Veterinary Services. The ticks were collected and positively identified by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory, D.O.A. said.   The tropical bont tick, also called Amblyomma variegatum, feeds on horses, cattle, sheep and goats and has the potential to transmit fatal disease to these animals. The male tick is large and brightly colored while the female is gray and can be the size of an olive. The bont tick does not affect people and generally does not affect domestic pets such as cats and dogs.    V.I. D.O.A. Commissioner Positive Nelson stated that the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture  was immediately contacted following…

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Staff Consortium | March 12, 2021

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Staff Consortium | January 17, 2021

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St. Croix Abattoir Reopens With Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony;…

Ernice Gilbert | August 15, 2020

ST. CROIX — Suspended since February 14, the St. Croix abattoir reopens for business Monday, allowing…

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