Asian Longhorned Tick Takes First Bite Out Of The U.S
The Asian longhorned tick has taken its first taste of the United States. It is now on paper that this particular species of tick that has only been recently discovered in the U.S, has bitten a human. Although the bite took place last year, it has only just been documented. Here’s an article with the full story.
Tick bites man. That’s not exactly news, but it is in the case of a particular tick that bit a particular man. The tick, native to Asia, is Haemaphysalis longicornis, also known as the longhorned tick. It was only recently discovered in North America. And now, for the first time, there’s a record of a bite by the longhorned tick in the U.S.
There is no evidence so far of the diseases that the Asian longhorned tick could potentially transmit, here in the United States. But that is a somewhat different story in Asia, Australia (where they are known as Bush ticks) and New Zealand, where this tick is known to spread pathogens that could be harmful and potentially fatal to humans.
For the first time in 50 years, a new tick species has arrived in the United States — one that in its Asian home range carries fearsome diseases. The Asian long-horned tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis, is spreading rapidly along the Eastern Seaboard. It has been found in seven states and in the heavily populated suburbs of New York City. At the moment, public health experts say they are concerned, but not alarmed.
There is no cause for alarm, but there is always a cause for concern when it comes to ticks. We need to be aware of the existence of these critters and make sure we raise awareness before it’s reported that an Asian longhorned tick has infected someone with something horrible.
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