Therefore, the TAHC is modifying the boundary description of the Temporary Preventative Quarantined area to be the following:

The areas released from the previous Temporary Preventative Quarantine Area is all properties which lie North of FM 2644 in Maverick and Dimmit counties- an area of approximately 138,400 acres, and all properties within the previous Temporary Preventative Quarantine Area that lie South and East of FM 186 in Dimmit county, an area of approximately 200 acres.

The area which remains in the revised TPQA includes all properties in the previous Temporary Preventative Quarantine Area which lie East of FM 1021 (Mines Road) in Maverick County, South of FM 2644 in Maverick and Dimmit counties, and North or West of FM 186 in Dimmit County, an area of approximately 179,400 acres.

“Fever ticks are capable of carrying “babesia,” a blood parasite that can cause “cattle tick  fever,” a deadly cattle disease that does not affect humans,” Dr. Ellis, stated. “The tick was eradicated from the U.S. in l943, but is still present in Mexico, and sporadically in the permanent quarantine zone on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande.”

Three separate temporary quarantine zones continue to exist in South Texas which includes parts of Maverick, Dimmitt, Zapata, Starr, Jim Hogg, and Hidalgo counties. Animals should not be intentionally or accidentally allowed to move from any Temporary Preventative Quarantine Area until they have been inspected and treated by USDA/TAHC personnel. Movement restrictions on hides and carcasses, and parts thereof of any animal capable of serving as a host for fever ticks must be inspected and undergo any treatment deemed necessary by a USDA or TAHC representative prior to removal from the Temporary Preventative Quarantine Area.