Recently this came out: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/06/09/first-us-human-bite-from-worrying-longhorned-tick-noted-but-its-actually-the-second-human-bite/ and I erroneously stated it was the second bite when in actuality it predates the “supposed” 1st bite by one month making it the legitimate 1st human bite.
Other article found here: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/10/03/1st-person-bitten-by-east-asian-longhorned-tick/
In sum, the 1st human bite occurred in June, 2018 in a 66 year old man from Yonkers, NY. The 2nd bite occurred in July, 2018 in Fairfield county in Connecticut.
The good news is no pathogen transmission has occurred here in the US by this tick, although numerous pathogens have been transmitted by it in Asia:
It spreads 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.