The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) issued a Temporary Preventative Quarantine for portions of Maverick, Dimmit and Webb Counties on August 2, 2007. The TAHC is now modifying that boundary as the areas currently within the zone have met the requirements for quarantine release.

“The modification to the Temporary Preventative Quarantine Area (TPQA) in Maverick and Dimmit Counties is good news,” TAHC State Veterinarian and Executive Director, Dee Ellis, said. “This just goes to show that the efforts of the cattle industry, USDA, and TAHC to eradicate the cattle fever tick are effective. We must continue fighting the battle against this pest, however, so that the tick can be completely eradicated from the “tick free” area of Texas as quickly as possible.”