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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647128/seasonal-dynamics-of-adult-dermacentor-reticulatus-in-a-peri-urban-park-in-southern-europe
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Emanuela Olivieri, Alessia Libera Gazzonis, Sergio Aurelio Zanzani, Fabrizia Veronesi, Maria Teresa Manfredi
Studies on the human-biting pathogen vectors Dermacentor reticulatus and Ixodes ricinus have been scarce in southern Europe. The aims of the present study were to determine the abundance of these ticks in a peri-urban park in northern Italy, describe the seasonal activity of D. reticulatus and examine the correlation between tick occurrence and environmental factors. Ticks were collected monthly from April 2015 to May 2016 using both dragging and flagging techniques. Various climatic variables (mean temperature, relative humidity and evapotranspiration for the collection dates; and 30-day moving averages preceding each collection date were calculated for rainfall, temperature, relative humidity and saturation deficit) also were recorded...
June 15, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631117/multi-criteria-decision-analysis-to-model-ixodes-ricinus-habitat-suitability
#2
Raphaël Rousseau, Guy McGrath, Barry J McMahon, Sophie O Vanwambeke
Tick-borne diseases present a major threat to both human and livestock health throughout Europe. The risk of infection is directly related to the presence of its vector. Thereby it is important to know their distribution, which is strongly associated with environmental factors: the presence and availability of a suitable habitat, of a suitable climate and of hosts. The present study models the habitat suitability for Ixodes ricinus in Ireland, where data on tick distribution are scarce. Tick habitat suitability was estimated at a coarse scale (10 km) with a multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) method according to four different scenarios (depending on the variables used and on the weights granted to each of them)...
June 19, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620590/functional-redundancy-and-ecological-innovation-shape-the-circulation-of-tick-transmitted-pathogens
#3
Agustín Estrada-Peña, José de la Fuente, Alejandro Cabezas-Cruz
Ticks are vectors of pathogens affecting human and animal health worldwide. Nevertheless, the ecological and evolutionary interactions between ticks, hosts, and pathogens are largely unknown. Here, we integrated a framework to evaluate the associations of the tick Ixodes ricinus with its hosts and environmental niches that impact pathogen circulation. The analysis of tick-hosts association suggested that mammals and lizards were the ancestral hosts of this tick species, and that a leap to Aves occurred around 120 M years ago...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612350/blood-donor-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato-seroprevalence-and-history-of-tick-bites-at-a-northern-limit-of-the-vector-distribution
#4
Dag Hvidsten, Liisa Mortensen, Bjørn Straume, Mirjana Grujic Arsenovic, Anne-Berit Pedersen, Gro Lyngås, Jeremy S Gray, Nils Grude
In order to study the antibody seroprevalence of the causal agent of Lyme borreliosis, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (s.l.), and the history of tick bites at a geographical distribution limit of Ixodes ricinus, we compared healthy blood donors in geographically extreme regions: the borreliosis-endemic Vestfold County (59°N) and the region of northern Norway. Blood samples were screened using IgG/VlsE ELISA, and positive/borderline samples were confirmed using C6 ELISA and immunoblot assays. Also, donors completed a questionnaire consisting of several items including the places they have lived, and whether they owned any pets...
June 14, 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605964/impact-of-a-freeway-on-the-dispersal-of-ticks-and-ixodes-ricinus-borne-pathogens-forested-resting-areas-may-become-lyme-disease-hotspots
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Sándor Hornok, Maria Mulvihill, Krisztina Szőke, Enikő Gönczi, Kinga M Sulyok, Miklós Gyuranecz, Regina Hofmann-Lehmann
Man-made barriers are well known for their effects on ecosystems. Habitat fragmentation, for instance, is a recognised consequence of modern-day infrastructure. The aim of the present study was to investigate the diversity and abundance of tick species, as well as the risks of acquiring tick-borne infections in habitats adjacent to a freeway. Therefore, ixodid ticks were collected from the vegetation at two-week intervals (in the main tick season, from March to June) in eight habitats of different types (forest, grove, grassland) along both sides of a freeway...
June 2017: Acta Veterinaria Hungarica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593480/difference-in-susceptibility-of-small-rodent-host-species-to-infestation-by-ixodes-ricinus-larvae
#6
László Egyed
In a laboratory experiment (repeated eight times) individuals of six small rodent species were mixed with 500 Ixodes ricinus larvae for 24 h, than over a 3-day-long observation period engorged ticks fallen from individually kept rodents were counted. Forty engorged larvae fell from the hosts, 25% from striped field mice, 32.5% from house mice, 22.5% from common voles, 10% from bank voles, while wood mouse and steppe mouse proved to be almost free of successfully infesting ticks (both 5%). Statistical analysis indicated, that tick burden differed significantly among host species...
June 7, 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589297/sulfate-turpentine-a-resource-of-tick-repellent-compounds
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Fredrik Schubert, Katinka Pålsson, Ellen Santangelo, Anna-Karin Borg-Karlson
Compounds with tick (Ixodes ricinus) repellent properties were isolated from sulfate turpentine consisting of Norway spruce (80%) and Scots pine (20%) from southern Sweden. The turpentine was divided into two fractions by distillation under reduced pressure resulting in one monoterpene hydrocarbon fraction and a residual containing higher boiling terpenoids. The monoterpene fraction was further oxidized with SeO2 to obtain oxygenated monoterpenes with potential tick repellent properties. The oxidized fraction and the high boiling distillation residual were each separated by medium pressure liquid chromatography...
June 6, 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583197/no-evidence-of-borrelia-mayonii-in-an-endemic-area-for-lyme-borreliosis-in-france
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Pierre H Boyer, Sylvie J De Martino, Yves Hansmann, Laurence Zilliox, Nathalie Boulanger, Benoît Jaulhac
BACKGROUND: Borrelia mayonii is currently the latest species belonging to the Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu lato) complex to be discovered. Interestingly it is involved in human pathology causing a high fever. We looked for its presence in post- tick bite febrile patients as well as in Ixodes ricinus ticks in an endemic area of France. RESULTS: After ensuring that our molecular technics correctly detected B. mayonii, 575 patients and 3,122 Ixodes ricinus nymphs were tested...
June 5, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570038/molecular-detecting-of-piroplasms-in-feeding-and-questing-ixodes-ricinus-ticks
#9
Małgorzata Adamska, Bogumiła Skotarczak
The purpose of this study was to detect piroplasms, which are pathogens of veterinary and zoonotic importance in ticks, that were collected from ponies and field vegetation and to determine the role of Shetland ponies as potential reservoir hosts for piroplasms. A total of 1737 feeding and 371 questing Ixodes ricinus collected from horses or vegetation were tested for the presence of Babesia and Theileria DNA. Piroplasm 18S rRNA gene amplification was conducted, and the obtained amplicons were sequenced. Babesia DNA was detected in only three ticks (one tick collected from a pony and two collected from vegetation), and all of the obtained sequences had 100% similarity to B...
2017: Annals of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566356/functional-morphology-of-tarsal-adhesive-pads-and-attachment-ability-in-ticks-ixodes-ricinus-arachnida-acari-ixodidae
#10
Dagmar Voigt, Stanislav Gorb
The presence of well-developed, elastic claws on ticks and widely pilose hosts led us to hypothesise that ticks are mostly adapted to attachment and locomotion on rough, strongly corrugated and hairy, felt-like substrates. However, by using a combination of morphological and experimental approaches, we visualised the ultrastructure of attachment devices of Ixodes ricinus and showed that this species adheres more strongly to smooth surfaces than to rough ones. Between paired, elongated, curved, elastic claws, I...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550059/europe-wide-meta-analysis-of-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato-prevalence-in-questing-ixodes-ricinus-ticks
#11
Martin Strnad, Václav Hönig, Daniel Růžek, Libor Grubhoffer, Ryan O M Rego
Lyme borreliosis is the most common zoonotic disease transmitted by ticks in Europe and North America. Despite having multiple tick vectors, the causative agent Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, is vectored mainly by Ixodes ricinus in Europe. In the present study, we aimed to review and summarize the existing data published from 2010 to 2016 concerning the prevalence of B. burgdorferi s.l. spirochetes in questing I. ricinus The primary focus was to evaluate the infection rate of these bacteria in ticks, accounting for tick stage, adult tick gender, region and detection method, as well as to investigate any changes in prevalence over time...
May 26, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546475/grotenhout-virus-a-novel-nairovirus-found-in-ixodes-ricinus-in-belgium
#12
Bert Vanmechelen, Lies Laenen, Valentijn Vergote, Piet Maes
We report here the draft genome of a novel nairovirus, Grotenhout virus, isolated from deer ticks (Ixodes ricinus) in Belgium. The genome consists of two segments, L and S, and is most similar to the tick-borne South Bay virus, with amino acid identities ranging from 60 to 64%.
May 25, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545549/detection-and-genetic-characterization-of-a-wide-range-of-infectious-agents-in-ixodes-pavlovskyi-ticks-in-western-siberia-russia
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Vera Rar, Natalia Livanova, Sergey Tkachev, Galina Kaverina, Artem Tikunov, Yuliya Sabitova, Yana Igolkina, Victor Panov, Stanislav Livanov, Nataliya Fomenko, Igor Babkin, Nina Tikunova
BACKGROUND: The Ixodes pavlovskyi tick species, a member of the I. persulcatus/I. ricinus group, was discovered in the middle of the 20(th) century in the Russian Far East. Limited data have been reported on the detection of infectious agents in this tick species. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence and genetic variability of a wide range of infectious agents in I. pavlovskyi ticks collected in their traditional and recently invaded habitats, the Altai Mountains and Novosibirsk Province, respectively, which are both located within the Western Siberian part of the I...
May 25, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545520/the-abundance-of-the-lyme-disease-pathogen-borrelia-afzelii-declines-over-time-in-the-tick-vector-ixodes-ricinus
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Maxime Jacquet, Dolores Genné, Alessandro Belli, Elodie Maluenda, Anouk Sarr, Maarten J Voordouw
BACKGROUND: The population dynamics of vector-borne pathogens inside the arthropod vector can have important consequences for vector-to-host transmission. Tick-borne spirochete bacteria of the Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu lato) species complex cause Lyme borreliosis in humans and spend long periods of time (>12 months) in their Ixodes tick vectors. To date, few studies have investigated the dynamics of Borrelia spirochete populations in unfed Ixodes nymphal ticks. METHODS: Larval ticks from our laboratory colony of I...
May 25, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540487/importance-of-common-wall-lizards-in-the-transmission-dynamics-of-tick-borne-pathogens-in-the-northern-apennine-mountains-italy
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Laura Tomassone, L A Ceballos, C Ragagli, E Martello, R De Sousa, M C Stella, A Mannelli
During the investigations on ticks and tick-borne pathogens (TBP) range expansion in the Northern Apennines, we captured 107 Podarcis muralis lizards. Sixty-eight animals were infested by immature Ixodes ricinus, Haemaphysalis sulcata and H. punctata. Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. was detected in 3.7% of I. ricinus larvae and 8.0% of nymphs. Together with the species-specific B. lusitaniae, we identified B. garinii, B. afzelii and B. valaisiana. Rickettsia spp. (18.1% larvae, 12.0% nymphs), namely R. monacensis, R...
May 24, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514225/vector-and-serologic-survey-for-crimean-congo-hemorrhagic-fever-virus-in-poland
#16
Barbara A Bażanów, Jarosław Pacoń, Łukasz Gadzała, Agnieszka Frącka, Mirosław Welz, Janusz Paweska
In contrast to animals, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) causes a severe disease in humans with a high mortality rate. The etiological agent, CCHF virus (CCHFV), can be transmitted by argasid and ixodid ticks, but arachnids of the genus Hyalomma, followed by Rhipicephalus and Dermacentor serve as the major vectors of this virus. The goal of the study was to assess the epidemiological situation of CCHFV infection in cattle in south-east Poland, and survey for potential tick vector species. A total of 592 bovine blood samples from animals located in the southernmost region in Poland were tested by IgG sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
May 17, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504633/-tick-borne-infections-in-denmark
#17
Bo Bødker Jensen, Lukas Frans Ocias, Nanna Skaarup Andersen, Ram Benny Dessau, Karen Angeliki Krogfelt, Sigurdur Skarphedinsson
The castor bean tick, Ixodes ricinus, is common in woodlands in most of Denmark. Besides Borrelia burgdorferi, it can harbour a number of pathogenic microorganisms such as tick-borne encephalitis virus, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Rickettsia helvetica, Francisella tularensis, Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis, Bartonella spp., Borrelia miyamotoi and Babesia spp. These tick-borne infections should be a differential diagnostic consideration during the tick season in Denmark. We review the distribution, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and treatment of these microorganisms...
May 15, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504447/tick-infestation-of-small-mammals-in-an-english-woodland
#18
Benjamin Cull, Alexander G C Vaux, Lisa J Ottowell, Emma L Gillingham, Jolyon M Medlock
Tick infestations on small mammals were studied from April to November, 2010, in deciduous woodland in southern England in order to determine whether co-infestations with tick stages occurred on small mammals, a key requirement for endemic transmission of tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV). A total of 217 small mammals was trapped over 1,760 trap nights. Yellow-necked mice (Apodemus flavicollis) made up the majority (52.5%) of animals, followed by wood mice (A. sylvaticus) 35.5% and bank voles (Myodes glareolus) 12%...
June 2017: Journal of Vector Ecology: Journal of the Society for Vector Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504443/bat-ectoparasites-nycteribiidae-streblidae-siphonaptera-heteroptera-mesostigmata-argasidae-and-ixodidae-from-algeria
#19
Mohammed Lamine Bendjeddou, Hibat Allah Loumassine, Ingo Scheffler, Zihad Bouslama, Zuhair Amr
Twenty two species of ectoparasites (Family Nycteribiidae: Nycteribia (Listropoda) schmidlii schmidlii, Nycteribia (Nycteribia) latreillii, Nycteribia (Nycteribia) pedicularia, Penicillidia (Penicillidia) dufourii, and Phthiridium biarticulatum; Family Streblidae: Brachytarsina (Brachytarsina) flavipennis and Raymondia huberi; Order Siphonaptera: Rhinolophopsylla unipectinata arabs, Nycteridopsylla longiceps, Araeopsylla gestroi, Ischnopsyllus intermedius, and Ischnopsyllus octactenus; Order Heteroptera: Cimex pipistrelli, Cimex lectularius, and Cacodmus vicinus; Class Arachnida: Order Mesostigmata: Spinturnix myoti and Eyndhovenia euryalis; Order Ixodida: Family Argasidae: Argas transgariepinus and Argas vespertilionis; Family Ixodidae: Hyalomma dromedarii, Ixodes ricinus, and Ixodes vespertilionis) were recovered from 19 bat species in Algeria...
June 2017: Journal of Vector Ecology: Journal of the Society for Vector Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504439/anaplasma-phagocytophilum-babesia-microti-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato-and-toxoplasma-gondii-in-ixodes-ricinus-acari-ixodida-ticks-collected-from-slowinski-national-park-northern-poland
#20
Marek Asman, Magdalena Nowak-Chmura, Krzysztof Solarz, Ewa Szilman, Magdalena Semla, Bartłomiej Zyśk
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June 2017: Journal of Vector Ecology: Journal of the Society for Vector Ecology
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