The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) completed an evaluation of the Mexican State of Baja California and determined the region is free of fever ticks. If Baja California is declared free of fever ticks, cattle entering the U.S. from this region would no longer need to be treated for ticks when crossing the border. Animals will still be manually inspected for ticks to ensure they are tick-free before entering the country, which protects U.S. livestock and producers.
USDA is making its evaluation available for public review and comment. USDA will review and consider the comments received and make a final determination, which will be published in a later Federal Register notice. The documents are available for review and comment here.
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