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Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases

Viviane Zeringóta, Ralph Maturano, Hermes Ribeiro Luz, Tatiane Oliveira Souza Senra, Erik Daemon, João Luiz Horacio Faccini, Douglas McIntosh
The current study evaluated parasitism of wild birds by ticks in a fragment of Atlantic Forest in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and examined the ticks for rickettsial agents. Birds were captured during 2014 and 2015 and ticks were identified by sequencing fragments of the 16S and 12S ribosomal DNA. Among 260 birds representing 19 families and 52 species, a total of 69 (26.5%) were found to be infested by larvae (LL) and/or nymphs (NN) of Amblyomma longirostre (Koch, 1844) (45 LL, 4 NN), Amblyomma calcaratum Neumann, 1899 (9 LL, 15 NN), Amblyomma nodosum Neumann, 1899 (2 NN), Amblyomma parkeri Fonseca and Aragão, 1952 (21 LL), Amblyomma sp...
October 6, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Guilherme Klafke, Anelise Webster, Bruno Dall Agnol, Endrigo Pradel, Jeniffer Silva, Luiz Henrique de La Canal, Marcelo Becker, Mateus Felipe Osório, Melanie Mansson, Rafael Barreto, Ramon Scheffer, Ugo Araújo Souza, Vivian Bamberg Corassini, Julsan Dos Santos, José Reck, João Ricardo Martins
Acaricide resistance is a major obstacle to the control of Rhipicephalus microplus. Historically, the indiscriminate use of chemical compounds has contributed to the selection of populations resistant to different classes of acaricides. Therefore, multiple acaricide resistance is an important threat to the chemical control of the cattle tick. To investigate the occurrence and extent of multiple resistance to acaricides in Southern Brazil we performed larval tests with cypermethrin, chlorpyriphos, amitraz, fipronil and ivermectin on 104 cattle tick field samples from different ranches in Rio Grande do Sul, between the years 2013 and 2015...
September 30, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Luís Adriano Anholeto, Patrícia Rosa de Oliveira, Rodney Alexandre Ferreira Rodrigues, Caroline Dos Santos Spindola, Marcelo Bahia Labruna, Marcos Aparecido Pizano, Karina Neoob de Carvaldo Castro, Maria Izabel Camargo-Mathias
The use of synthetic acaricides is currently the main method to control ticks. However, the indiscriminate use of these chemicals can lead to the selection of resistant individuals and in the accumulation of chemical residues in the environment, contaminating the soil and water streams, consequently affecting the flora, fauna, and the human beings as well. In this sense, the objective of this study was to investigate the acaricidal effect of crude ethanolic extract of Acmella oleracea (L.) R.K. Jansen aerials parts at different concentrations on fed males and semi-engorged females of A...
September 30, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Deborah C Jaworski, Chuanmin Cheng, Arathy D S Nair, Roman R Ganta
Monocytic ehrlichiosis in people caused by the intracellular bacterium, Ehrlichia chaffeensis, is an emerging infectious disease transmitted by the lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum. Tick transmission disease models for ehrlichiosis require at least two hosts and two tick blood feeding episodes to recapitulate the natural transmission cycle. One blood feeding is necessary for the tick to acquire the infection from an infected host and the next feeding is needed to transmit the bacterium to a naïve host...
September 28, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Katherine Sayler, Jessica Rowland, Carisa Boyce, Emma Weeks
Tick-borne diseases are an emerging public health threat in the United States. In Florida, there has been public attention directed towards the possibility of locally acquired Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto, the causative agent of Lyme disease, in association with the lone star tick. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of ticks and the pathogens they carry and potentially transmit, such as B. burgdorferi, in a highly utilized teaching and research forest in North Central Florida. Ticks were collected by dragging and flagging methods over a four month period in early 2014, identified, and tested by PCR for multiple pathogens including Anaplasma, Borrelia, Rickettsia, and Ehrlichia species...
September 24, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
André Pereira, Lúcia Figueira, Mónica Nunes, Aida Esteves, António José Cotão, Maria Luísa Vieira, Carla Maia, Lenea Campino, Ricardo Parreira
In the last decade, various research groups have reported a large diversity of new tick-borne phleboviruses, mostly prompted by the discovery of important human pathogens such as the Heartland and severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome viruses. Since these analyses have rarely been conducted using ticks collected from Southern Europe, this study was carried out so as to bring new insights into the diversity of phleboviruses circulating in Southern Portugal. Tick specimens were collected from the vegetation (questing ticks) or directly from animals (feeding ticks), and the majority analysed in pools using a detection strategy targeting the large (L) viral genomic segment...
September 24, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Sándor Hornok, Klaudia Trauttwein, Nóra Takács, Adnan Hodžić, Georg Gerhard Duscher, Jenő Kontschán
The European badger (Meles meles) is a widespread mammal in most countries of the European continent, with increasingly recognized veterinary/medical importance owing to its preferred habitats (including pastures and urban environments), broad spectrum of food items, and role as a game hunting target. However, ticks and tick-borne pathogens associated with badgers are only partly known, and most of them have not yet been analysed with molecular biological methods The aim of this study was to perform molecular taxonomic analysis of ticks collected from a road-killed European badger, as well as to molecularly investigate its ticks and blood sample for the presence of Anaplasmataceae and piroplasms...
September 24, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Anna Papa, Katerina Tsioka, Anastasia Kontana, Christos Papadopoulos, Nektarios Giadinis
Ticks collected from goats in northern Greece were tested for the presence of tick-borne bacteria. Among adult ticks, 37 (57.8%) were Rhipicephalus bursa, 11 (17.2%) Dermacentor marginatus, 10 (15.6%) Ixodes ricinus, 3 (4.7%) Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato and 2 (3.1%) Haemaphysalis parva; one (1.6%) Rhipicephalus spp. tick was nymph. Rickettsia monacensis, Rickettsia massilae, Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Anaplasma platys were detected in I. ricinus and Rh. bursa ticks. A variety of Coxiella-like endosymbionts were detected in all tick genera tested, forming distinct clades from Coxiella burnetii in the phylogenetic tree based on the 16S rRNA gene...
September 23, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Laura Bouza-Mora, Gaby Dolz, Antony Solórzano-Morales, Juan José Romero-Zuñiga, Lizbeth Salazar-Sánchez, Marcelo B Labruna, Daniel M Aguiar
This study focuses on the detection and identification of DNA and antibodies to Ehrlichia spp. in samples of blood bank donors in Costa Rica using molecular and serological techniques. Presence of Ehrlichia canis was determined in 10 (3.6%) out of 280 blood samples using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) targeting the ehrlichial dsb conserved gene. Analysis of the ehrlichial trp36 polymorphic gene in these 10 samples revealed substantial polymorphism among the E. canis genotypes, including divergent tandem repeat sequences...
September 23, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
C Sadanandane, A Elango, Noonu Marja, P V Sasidharan, K H K Raju, P Jambulingam
Kyasanur forest disease (KFD) is a zoonotic viral haemorrhagic fever and has been endemic to Karnataka State, India. Outbreaks of KFD were reported in new areas of Wayanad and Malappuram districts of Kerala, India during 2014-2015. Investigation of the outbreaks was carried out in these districts during May 2015. The line-list data of KFD cases available with District Medical Office, Wayanad were analysed. Case investigation was carried out to determine the risk factors associated with the outbreak and possible site of contraction infections...
September 21, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Mustapha Dahmani, Bernard Davoust, Frédéric Rousseau, Didier Raoult, Florence Fenollar, Oleg Mediannikov
Rhipicephalus bursa is one of 79 species of the genus Rhipicephalus in the family of Ixodidae. In this study, we investigated Anaplasmataceae bacteria associated with R. bursa collected after an epizootic outbreak of ovine anaplasmosis. 76 adult ticks, (60 male and 16 female ticks), were removed from sheep in two farms and all identified as R. bursa, all females were partially engorged. We found that 50% of the ticks were positive in the initial Anaplasmataceae qPCR screening. Bacterial species was identified by analyzing the sequences of amplicons of 23S rRNA, groEL and rpoB genes...
September 19, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Anna Ivanova, Julia Geller, Olga Katargina, Kairi Värv, Åke Lundkvist, Irina Golovljova
So far neglected bacteria like Candidatud Neoehrlichia mikurensis and Ehrlichia muris-like agents get increased attention in the recent past. Ixodid ticks were demonstrated to harbor both of these pathogens. Estonia is populated by two medically important tick species, I. ricinus and I. persulcatus. In this study the presence of E. muris and Candidatus N. mikurensis in these two tick species was investigated. Tick DNA was analyzed by nested PCR and subsequent sequencing for the presence of 16S rRNA of E. muris and Candidatus N...
August 24, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Jusun Hwang, Jun-Gu Kang, Sung-Suck Oh, Jeong-Byoung Chae, Yun-Kyung Cho, Young-Sun Cho, Hang Lee, Joon-Seok Chae
This study tested serum samples of feral cats from a highly urbanized habitat, Seoul, Korea to determine the infection to severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus (SFTSV). From 126 samples tested, SFTSV was detected by RT-PCR in 22 (17.5%) cats from various sites of Seoul. Sequences identified from this study were grouped with clusters from China and Japan. Our result provides data that SFTSV may have been circulating in settings that were suspected to have relatively low risk, such as highly urbanized habitats...
August 10, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Cécile Aenishaenslin, Catherine Bouchard, Jules K Koffi, Yann Pelcat, Nicholas H Ogden
Lyme disease (LD) is emerging in Canada. A key preventive strategy is promoting the adoption by the general public of personal preventive behaviors regarding tick bites. The aim of this study was to measure the changes in public awareness toward ticks and LD before and after the launch of a national communication campaign in Canada using data from two surveys conducted in March and December 2014. The results show a significant increase in awareness of LD after compared to before the campaign, but also suggest that the importance of this increase is not equal amongst Canadian regions...
October 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Laise de Azevedo Gomes, Pablo Henrique Gonçalves Moraes, Luciana de Cássia Silva do Nascimento, Lucia Helena O'Dwyer, Márcio Roberto Teixeira Nunes, Adriana Dos Reis Ponce Rossi, Délia Cristina Figueira Aguiar, Evonnildo Costa Gonçalves
This study aimed to optimize molecular methods for detecting DNA of Hepatozoon spp. as well as identify the phylogenetic relationships of Hepatozoon strains naturally infecting domestic dogs in Belém, Pará, northern Brazil. Blood samples were collected from 138 dogs, and screened for Hepatozoon spp. using a new nested PCR assay. Positive samples were subjected to genetic characterization based on amplification and sequencing of approximately 670bp of the Hepatozoon spp. 18S rRNA. Of the positive dogs, four shared the haplotype Belém 01, one dog presented the haplotype Belém 02 and two dogs shared the haplotype Belém 03...
October 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Salima Gasmi, Nicholas H Ogden, Patrick A Leighton, L Robbin Lindsay, Karine Thivierge
Ixodes scapularis, the main vector of Borrelia burgdorferi, the spirochetal agent of Lyme disease, is expanding its range in southern Canada and bringing risk to the public from Lyme disease. The aims of this study were to (i) describe how risk of Lyme disease in Quebec, Canada, has changed from 2008 to 2014 by analysis of the number of tick submissions, the geographic scope of ticks submitted and the prevalence of B. burgdorferi in ticks removed from people and submitted through the Quebec passive tick surveillance program and (ii) explore whether exposure to ticks is influenced by age and sex...
October 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
L Tomassone, D De Meneghi, H Adakal, P Rodighiero, G Pressi, E Grego
In the framework of cooperation for development projects in Burkina Faso and Ethiopia, we collected ixodid ticks from cattle, small ruminants and camels. We optimized new TaqMan Probe real-time PCR assays to detect Rickettsia aeschlimannii and Rickettsia africae OmpA gene in the collected samples. Rickettsia africae was identified in 75.0% Amblyomma variegatum (95%CI: 56.6-88.5), while R. aeschlimannii in 24.0% Hyalomma truncatum (95%CI: 9.4-45.1) and 50.0% H. rufipes (95%CI: 29.9-70.0) collected from cattle in different provinces throughout Burkina Faso...
October 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Sokani Sánchez-Montes, Carmen Guzmán-Cornejo, Yecenia Martínez-Nájera, Ingeborg Becker, José M Venzal, Marcelo B Labruna
The genus Rickettsia includes obligate intracellular bacteria transmitted by several hematophagous arthropods such as ticks, fleas and sucking lice. In particular hard ticks (Ixodidae) have been cited as the main vectors of pathogenic rickettsiae in Mexico. However, there have been only two records of a single Rickettsia species associated with Mexican soft ticks (Argasidae). In this study, we searched for rickettsial DNA in argasid ticks (13 adults and eight nymphs of Ornithodoros yumatensis) from two bat caves in the state of Yucatan, Mexico...
October 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Djamel Tahir, Cristina Socolovschi, Jean-Lou Marié, Gautier Ganay, Jean-Michel Berenger, Jean-Michel Bompar, Denis Blanchet, Marie Cheuret, Oleg Mediannikov, Didier Raoult, Bernard Davoust, Philippe Parola
In French Guiana, located on the northeastern coast of South America, bats of different species are very numerous. The infection of bats and their ticks with zoonotic bacteria, especially Rickettsia species, is so far unknown. In order to improve knowledge of these zoonotic pathogens in this French overseas department, the presence and diversity of tick-borne bacteria was investigated with molecular tools in bat ticks. In the beginning of 2013, 32 bats were caught in Saint-Jean-du-Maroni, an area close to the coast of French Guiana, and the ticks of these animals were collected...
October 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Lorraine Michelet, Guy Joncour, Elodie Devillers, Alessandra Torina, Muriel Vayssier-Taussat, Sarah I Bonnet, Sara Moutailler
Insular environments provide ideal natural conditions to study disease ecology, especially emerging diseases, due to clear differentiation between local and long-distance transmission. Such environments are of particular interest regarding tick-borne pathogens (TBP), since animal exchange with the mainland (along with any ticks they carry) is limited, and because such locations could lie on migratory routes for birds carrying ticks. Therefore both tick species and TBP may display different prevalence than those observed on the continent...
October 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
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