Connecticut Reports First Person Bitten by East Asian Longhorned Tick

Connecticut Reports First Person Bitten by East Asian Longhorned Tick

The Tick Testing Laboratory at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station reported evidence of a Fairfield County resident having been bitten.

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November 1, 2018
Edited by the PCT Staff
Invasive Pests Occasional Invaders
The Tick Testing Laboratory at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) is reporting the first evidence of an east Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) having bitten a resident of Fairfield County.

In a CAES press release, the station noted that the east Asian longhorned tick is an invasive species that was initially discovered on a New Jersey farm in 2017, and has subsequently been found in eight other states (AK, CT, MD, NY, NC, PA, VA and WV). It was most recently detected in Connecticut in July 2018.

Longhorn ticks have been found to carry several human pathogens in Asia, ut it is unknown is this tick will be capable of transmitting native pathogens such as those that cause Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis or Powassan virus.
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