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What are implications for eastern Canada? – New York – Warning Issued After New Tick Species Discovered In Westchester

[CanLyme Note:  Ticks in New York state are only a short flight away aboard our migratory passerine birds ie robins, finches, wrens. who bring these ticks into Canada in the millions each year.]

July 18th, 2018

State officials are warning New York residents, visitors and farmers about the continued importance of taking measures to protect against ticks, as a new tick species has been found in the state.

The Haemaphysalis longicornis tick, commonly known as the “longhorned tick,” was recently discovered in multiple locations in Westchester County, according to the New York State Departments of Health and Agriculture & Markets.

Lyme spirochetesspotted fever group rickettsiae,[12] Ehrlichia chaffeensis, and Anaplasma bovis have been detected in H. longicornis.[13]

It has been associated with Russian spring-summer encephalitisPowassan virus, Khasan virus, tick-borne encephalitis virus.[2]:4 and Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome.[3]]

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