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Longhorned tick found in Westchester County

The tick, which is native to Australia, New Zealand and Eastern Asia, has been associated with several tickborne diseases in humans

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MOUNT KISCO - The longhorned tick, native to Australia, New Zealand and Eastern Asia has been discovered in Westchester County.

Health officials have not revealed where the tick was found, but are planning a press conference on Wednesday to give more information. In the meantime, they are urging people to protect themselves from tick bits by wearing long sleeves and to brush off ticks before they bite.

The health department says that more research is needed to determine whether a longhorned tick can transmit diseases to people. Anyone bitten by a tick is being urged to seek treatment if they develop a rash or flu-like symptoms.

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