The New York state Health Department has found the Asian “long horned” (Haemaphysalis longicornis) or Bush tick in Westchester County.
Normally found in Asia, this tick clones itself and spreads rapidly. It has been found in New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, and now New York.
If seen, contact the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Division of Animal Industry at 518-457-3502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more on the Asian tick: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/03/01/asian-ticks-mysteriously-turn-up-in-new-jersey/
So far we know it can spread SFTS (sever fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome), “an emerging hemorrhagic fever,” causing fever, fatigue, headache, nausea, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, disease of the lymph nodes, and conjunctival congestion, but the potential impact of this tick on tickborne illness is not yet known. In other parts of the world, this Longhorned tick, also called the East Asian or bush tick, has been associated with several tickborne diseases, such as spotted fever rickettsioses, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, and Borrelia, the causative agent of Lyme Disease.
So, this is no benign little sucker…..