https://www.localdvm.com/news/virginia/virginia-hawk-first-bird-in-north-america-found-carrying-invasive-tick/1560920669  (News story found here)

It’s confirmed.  The tick from hell has been found on a hawk in Virginia.  

This Asian “dracula” tick causes SFTS (severe 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, and has been associated with several tickborne diseases, such as spotted fever rickettsioses, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, and Borrelia, the causative agent of Lyme Disease.  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/06/12/first-longhorned-tick-confirmed-in-arkansas/

Main concerns:

  1. IT CLONES ITSELF & MULTIPLIES QUICKLY…..
  2. It can drain cattle of their blood: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/03/12/asian-tick-found-in-new-jersey-can-kill-cattle-by-draining-them-of-blood/
  3. It’s been known to cause disease in Asia
  4. A top ecologist wonders if infection by this tick has gone undetected in the past.
  5. There isn’t a systematic national method to look for invasive ticks.
  6. It’s quickly showing up in other states: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/05/26/tick-from-hell-now-sited-in-west-virginia/
  7. It survives cold temps: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/04/21/ticks-from-hell-survived-the-winter/ (Again, the spread if ticks and infection has ZIPPO to do with climate change)

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/09/12/three-surprising-things-i-learned-about-asian-longhorned-ticks-the-tick-guy-tom-mather/  Tick guy, Tom Mather, found that this particular tick, which reproduces by cloning itself, lines up on a single blade of grass motionless, tightly knitted together like the scales on a snake.  Once they found one glad of grass like this, they started seeing this every couple of feet.  He quickly realized this is NOT a rare tick.

LIKE A BOMB, THEY EXPLODE WHEN SOMETHING BRUSHES BY.

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https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/07/19/rutgers-racing-to-contain-asian-longhorned-tick/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2017/08/17/of-birds-and-ticks/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/06/08/hemorrhagic-fever-virus-found-on-ticks-on-migratory-birds/

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2016/10/02/the-role-of-birds-in-tickborne-illness/