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Parasitism by Amblyomma humerale (Acari: Ixodidae) on Chelonoidis denticulatus (Testudines: Testudinidae) in the Atlantic Forest.

Rev Bras Parasitol Vet 2021 24;30(3):e002921. Epub 2021 May 24.

Programa de Pós-graduação em Ciência Animal, Universidade Vila Velha - UVV, Vila Velha, ES, Brasil.

The present study reports on patterns of parasitism by Amblyomma humerale on yellow-footed tortoise, Chelonoidis denticulatus, in the Atlantic Forest of southeastern Brazil. The tortoises were sampled occasionally, from July 2005 to January 2020. We collected 81 adult ticks from seven tortoises (mean = 11. Read More

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Pre-clinical evaluation of a whole-parasite vaccine to control human babesiosis.

Cell Host Microbe 2021 Jun 13;29(6):894-903.e5. Epub 2021 May 13.

Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University Gold Coast Campus, Southport 4215, Australia. Electronic address:

Babesia spp. are tick-transmitted intra-erythrocytic protozoan parasites that infect humans and animals, causing a flu-like illness and hemolytic anemia. There is currently no human vaccine available. Read More

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Emergency Department Visits for Tick Bites - United States, January 2017-December 2019.

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2021 Apr 30;70(17):612-616. Epub 2021 Apr 30.

The incidence of tickborne diseases in the United States is increasing; reported cases more than doubled from >22,000 in 2004 to >48,000 in 2016 (1). Ticks are responsible for approximately 95% of all locally acquired vectorborne diseases reported by states and the District of Columbia, with Lyme disease accounting for >80% of those cases (2). After a tick bite, persons might seek care at an emergency department (ED) for tick removal and to receive postexposure prophylaxis, which has been shown to effectively prevent Lyme disease when taken within 72 hours of a high-risk bite (3). Read More

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Dilution and amplification effects in Lyme disease: Modeling the effects of reservoir-incompetent hosts on Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto transmission.

Ticks Tick Borne Dis 2021 07 13;12(4):101724. Epub 2021 Apr 13.

Department of Mathematics, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, United States.

The literature on Lyme disease includes a lively debate about the paradoxical role of changing deer populations. A decrease in the number of deer will both (1) reduce the incidence of Lyme disease by decreasing the host populations for ticks and therefore tick populations, and (2) enhance the incidence of Lyme disease by offering fewer reservoir-incompetent hosts for ticks, forcing the vector to choose reservoir-competent, and therefore possibly diseased, hosts to feed on. A review of field studies exploring the net impact of changing deer populations shows mixed results. Read More

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An Epidemiological Survey Regarding Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases among Livestock Owners in Punjab, Pakistan: A One Health Context.

Pathogens 2021 Mar 18;10(3). Epub 2021 Mar 18.

Department of Infectious Diseases and Public Health, Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China.

Recent global changes have led to an increase in the spread of ticks and tick-borne diseases (TBDs) affecting domestic ruminants and humans, with an annual loss of US $13.9-$18.7 billion. Read More

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Alpha-Gal Allergy as a Cause of Intestinal Symptoms in a Gastroenterology Community Practice.

South Med J 2021 Mar;114(3):169-173

From Gastroenterology Associates of Central Virginia, Lynchburg.

Objectives: Immunoglobulin E (IgE) to galactose-α-1,3-galactose (alpha-gal) is a recently appreciated cause of allergic reactions to mammalian meat and dairy. In eastern North America Lone Star tick bites are the dominant mode of sensitization. Classically the alpha-gal syndrome manifests with urticaria, gastrointestinal symptoms, and/or anaphylaxis, but increasingly there are reports of isolated gastrointestinal symptoms without other common allergic manifestations. Read More

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Dermacentor variabilis is the Predominant Dermacentor spp. (Acari: Ixodidae) Feeding on Dogs and Cats Throughout the United States.

J Med Entomol 2021 May;58(3):1241-1247

Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.

Throughout North America, Dermacentor spp. ticks are often found feeding on animals and humans, and are known to transmit pathogens, including the Rocky Mountain spotted fever agent. To better define the identity and distribution of Dermacentor spp. Read More

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Using i-tree canopy vegetation cover subtype classification to predict peri-domestic tick presence.

Ticks Tick Borne Dis 2021 05 9;12(3):101684. Epub 2021 Feb 9.

Department of Health & Wellness Design, School of Public Health, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA.

While extant literature has generally indicated significant associations between vegetation cover and tick activity, no study has demonstrated the relative association between peri-domestic area vegetation cover subtypes and tick presence. In this study, we seek to determine whether neighborhood wood index and residential tick control practices confound or modify the effect of peri-domestic vegetation cover subtypes on tick presence. We conducted an ecological inventory of vegetation cover distribution using i-Tree Canopy on 210 private residential/peri-domestic properties in Indiana, USA. Read More

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Optical coherence tomography guided conjunctival tick infestation treatment: A case report.

Photodiagnosis Photodyn Ther 2021 Feb 13;34:102219. Epub 2021 Feb 13.

Uncalı Private Hospital, Department of Ophthalmology, Antalya, Turkey. Electronic address:

Conjunctival infestation of ticks is not a common event, even in endemic regions. We presented a case of conjunctival tick attachment treatment guided by spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). This patient experienced a two-day history of pain, itching and redness in the right eye. Read More

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February 2021

Effects of white-tailed deer habitat use preferences on southern cattle fever tick eradication: simulating impact on "pasture vacation" strategies.

Parasit Vectors 2021 Feb 8;14(1):102. Epub 2021 Feb 8.

Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 77843, USA.

Background: Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) annulatus and Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus (southern cattle fever tick; SCFT), collectively known as cattle-fever ticks (CFTs), are vectors of protozoal parasites (Babesia bigemina and Babesia bovis) that cause bovine babesiosis (also known as cattle fever). One traditional strategy for CFT eradication involves the implementation of a "pasture vacation," which involves removing cattle (Bos taurus) from an infested pasture for an extended period of time. However, vacated pastures are often inhabited by wildlife hosts, such as white-tailed deer (WTD; Odocoileus virginianus), which can serve as alternate hosts for questing CFTs. Read More

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February 2021

Relative Efficiency of Drag Fabrics for Collection of Blacklegged Tick (Acari: Ixodidae) Larvae, Nymphs, and Adults.

J Med Entomol 2021 May;58(3):1248-1255

Department of Biology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, USA.

The blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis Say) vectors several bacterial, protozoan, and viral human pathogens. The known distribution, abundance, and phenology of I. scapularis within its estimated range are incomplete. Read More

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Impacts of Timber Harvest on Communities of Small Mammals, Ticks, and Tick-Borne Pathogens in a High-Risk Landscape in Northern California.

J Med Entomol 2021 May;58(3):1171-1187

Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA.

Timber harvest may impact tick-borne disease by affecting small mammal and tick community structures. We assessed tick and small mammal populations in older second-growth redwood (Sequoia sempervirens (D. Don) Endl) habitat at two harvested sites in Santa Cruz County, California, where local risk of tick-borne disease is high and determined the prevalence of tick-borne pathogens in ticks. Read More

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microbiome correlates with life stage, not the presence of human pathogens, in ticks submitted for diagnostic testing.

PeerJ 2020 2;8:e10424. Epub 2020 Dec 2.

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, United States of America.

Ticks are globally distributed arthropods and a public health concern due to the many human pathogens they carry and transmit, including the causative agent of Lyme disease, . As tick species' ranges increase, so do the number of reported tick related illnesses. The microbiome is a critical part of understanding arthropod biology, and the microbiome of pathogen vectors may provide critical insight into disease transmission and management. Read More

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December 2020

Anti-Tick Microbiota Vaccine Impacts Performance during Feeding.

Vaccines (Basel) 2020 Nov 21;8(4). Epub 2020 Nov 21.

UMR BIPAR, INRAE, ANSES, Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d'Alfort, Université Paris-Est, Marie Curie, 94706 Maisons-Alfort, France.

The tick microbiota is a highly complex ensemble of interacting microorganisms. Keystone taxa, with a central role in the microbial networks, support the stability and fitness of the microbial communities. The keystoneness of taxa in the tick microbiota can be inferred from microbial co-occurrence networks. Read More

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November 2020

Apparent tick paralysis in a cat from North America.

JFMS Open Rep 2020 Jul-Dec;6(2):2055116920964001. Epub 2020 Oct 15.

Small Animal Neurology Services, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA.

Case Summary: A 2-year-old castrated male domestic longhair cat presented for acute, diffuse, flaccid paralysis. Thoracic and abdominal radiographs, biochemistry panel and complete blood count were unremarkable. Titers to , myasthenia gravis radioimmunoassay testing and creatinine kinase levels were within normal limits. Read More

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October 2020

Does bathing affect tick and flea burdens and ectoparasiticide effectiveness of a spot-on formulation (fipronil + (S)-methoprene) for dogs?

Vet Parasitol 2020 Jul 22;283:109192. Epub 2020 Jul 22.

Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Jaboticabal, São Paulo, Brazil.

This work evaluated tick and flea burdens and the efficacy of a single topical application of 10% fipronil + 9% (S)-methoprene spot-on against experimental infestations of Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato and Ctenocephalides felis felis on dogs that were submitted to regular baths for 56-days post-treatment. Four treatments (n = 24) were evaluated: no chemical treatment and no bathing (T01); no chemical treatment + bathing (T02); chemical treatment and no bathing (T03) and chemical treatment + bathing (T04). Dogs were infested with adult ticks and fleas seven days pre-treatment (-7). Read More

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Association of Successful Ultrasound-Accelerated Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis with Postthrombotic Syndrome: A Post Hoc Analysis of the CAVA Trial.

Thromb Haemost 2020 Aug 30;120(8):1188-1199. Epub 2020 Jun 30.

Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht (CARIM), School for Cardiovascular Diseases, Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Background:  The CAVA trial did not show the anticipated risk reduction for postthrombotic syndrome (PTS) after thrombus removal via additional ultrasound-accelerated catheter-directed thrombolysis (UACDT) in patients with acute iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis (IFDVT). Difficulties in achieving an effective degree of recanalization through thrombolysis may have influenced outcomes. We therefore assessed whether successful UACDT (restored patency ≥ 90%) did reduce the development of PTS. Read More

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A community approach to the Neotropical ticks-hosts interactions.

Sci Rep 2020 06 9;10(1):9269. Epub 2020 Jun 9.

INTA, Rafaela, Santa Fe, Argentina.

The relationships between ticks and hosts are relevant to capture the ecological background driving the evolution of these parasites. We used a set of 4,764 records of ticks of the genera Amblyomma, Ixodes, and Haemaphysalis and their hosts in the Neotropics to approach the tick-host relationships using a network-based construct. The network identified 9 clusters of interacting hosts and ticks partially connected by 22 tick species that switch their host range according to their life cycle stage. Read More

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Evaluation and comparison of tick detachment techniques and technical mistakes made during tick removal.

Ulus Travma Acil Cerrahi Derg 2020 May;26(3):405-410

Department of Medical Microbiology, Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam Univesity Faculty of Medicine, Kahramanmaraş-Turkey.

Background: Tick is among the important ectoparasites of humans and animals. Ticks may transmit disease-causing pathogens to humans. Tick contact may be resulted in several viral and bacterial infections, including Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever. Read More

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Tick anaphylaxis triggered by pulling out the tick.

Acute Med Surg 2020 Jan-Dec;7(1):e503. Epub 2020 Apr 6.

Susami Municipal Hospital Wakayama Japan.

Background: Reports of tick anaphylaxis are extremely rare in Asian countries, with poor awareness in these regions. Herein, we report a case of tick anaphylaxis that was triggered by pulling out the tick.

Case Presentation: A 66-year-old man developed pruritus in his left toes after returning from a mountain. Read More

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Tickborne Diseases: Diagnosis and Management.

Am Fam Physician 2020 05;101(9):530-540

Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Family Medicine Residency Program, Camp Pendleton, CA, USA.

Tickborne diseases that affect patients in the United States include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, tularemia, Colorado tick fever, and tickborne relapsing fever. Tickborne diseases are increasing in incidence and should be suspected in patients presenting with flulike symptoms during the spring and summer months. Prompt diagnosis and treatment can prevent complications and death. Read More

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Combinatorial Minigenome Systems for Emerging Banyangviruses Reveal Viral Reassortment Potential and Importance of a Protruding Nucleotide in Genome "Panhandle" for Promoter Activity and Reassortment.

Front Microbiol 2020 8;11:599. Epub 2020 Apr 8.

State Key Laboratory of Virology, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China.

is a new genus ( family, order) that comprises a group of emerging tick-borne viruses with severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus (SFTSV) and Heartland virus (HRTV) as virulent representatives. As segmented RNA viruses, bunyaviruses may have genome reassortment potential, increasing the concern about new life-threatening bunyavirus emergence. Using a series of combinatory minigenome reporter assays based on transfection and superinfection, we showed that replication machinery proteins of designated banyangviruses can recognize genomic untranslated regions (UTRs) of other banyangviruses and assemble heterogenous minigenomes into functional ribonucleoproteins (RNPs). Read More

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Investigating the effects of fipronil on male fertility: Insight into the mechanism of capacitation.

Reprod Toxicol 2020 06 12;94:1-7. Epub 2020 Apr 12.

Department of Animal Science and Biotechnology, Kyungpook National University, Sangju, Gyeongsangbuk-do 37224, Republic of Korea; Department of Animal Biotechnology, Kyungpook National University, Sangju, Gyeongsangbuk-do 37224, Republic of Korea. Electronic address:

Fipronil (FPN) is a widely used phenylpyrazole pesticide for the control of insects and removal of veterinary pet fleas, ticks, etc. Although FPN presents moderate hazards to human health, people are readily exposed in daily life. FPN acts by impairing the central nervous systems of insects by blocking gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate-activated chloride channels. Read More

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Amblyomma ticks consumed by a giant cowbird, Molothrus oryzivorus.

Ticks Tick Borne Dis 2020 07 24;11(4):101424. Epub 2020 Mar 24.

Faculdade de Ciências da Educação e Saúde, Centro Universitário de Brasília, Brasília, Brazil; PPG em Zoologia, Universidade de Brasília, Brasília, Brazil. Electronic address:

The removal of ectoparasites is a common behavior found across animal taxa and is a determinant to avoid the negative effects of parasites' presence. Eventually, the elimination of ectoparasites is associated with mutualistic interactions. Cleaner birds remove ectoparasites, providing benefits to its mutualistic host by reducing parasite burden while they obtain a protein food source. Read More

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An Overview of Tickborne Infections in Pregnancy and Outcomes in the Newborn: The Need for Prospective Studies.

Authors:
John S Lambert

Front Med (Lausanne) 2020 6;7:72. Epub 2020 Mar 6.

Infectious Diseases Department, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.

Tick-borne infections are an ever-increasing issue internationally, many factors contribute to this including a changing climate. Pregnant women represent the single largest vulnerable group in populations due to a relative immune deficiency status. Infections in pregnant women have the added gravity of potential infection in the developing fetus which may have catastrophic consequences including death or lifelong debilitation. Read More

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Study of general practitioner consultations for tick bites at high, medium and low incidence areas for Lyme borreliosis in England and Wales.

Zoonoses Public Health 2020 08 11;67(5):591-599. Epub 2020 Mar 11.

Medical Entomology and Zoonoses Ecology, Emergency Response Department, Public Health England, Salisbury, UK.

Lyme borreliosis (LB) is a tick-borne disease caused by Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato complex. In Europe, it is predominately transmitted by the sheep tick, Ixodes ricinus. Compared with other European countries, the United Kingdom (UK) is considered to have a low incidence of LB, although this varies regionally. Read More

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Predictors of Tick Exposure Risk-Reduction Behavior in Indiana.

J Community Health 2020 08;45(4):862-870

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Indiana University School of Public Health, Bloomington, IN, USA.

To identify significant predictors of the adoption of more than one tick-exposure and tick-borne disease risk reduction behavior among a cross-section of Indiana residents. Study participants were recruited through quota sampling, before completing an online self-administered questionnaire in Qualtrics. The most adopted tick exposure risk reduction behavior (TERRB) (was 'Walking on established trails and avoiding contact with adjacent vegetation' (83%, n = 2418). Read More

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Effectiveness of control strategies for Varroa jacobsoni and Tropilaelaps mercedesae in Papua New Guinea.

Exp Appl Acarol 2020 Mar 18;80(3):399-407. Epub 2020 Feb 18.

School of Environment, Science and Engineering, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW, 2480, Australia.

Apiculture in the Pacific island country of Papua New Guinea (PNG) is under significant pressure from emerging parasitic mites, Varroa jacobsoni and Tropilaelaps mercedesae. Although numerous mite control products exist, beekeepers in PNG have limited resources and access to these products and their effectiveness under local conditions is untested. Here we determined the effectiveness of two brood manipulation strategies-queen caging and queen removal-for managing V. Read More

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Large Tick Infestation of the Upper Eyelid Presenting as Eyelid Mass and Preseptal Cellulitis.

Case Rep Ophthalmol 2019 Sep-Dec;10(3):403-407. Epub 2019 Nov 28.

Department of Ophthalmology, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon.

A child was referred for removal of an eyelid mass. She had preseptal cellulitis and a large tick deeply embedded in the tarsus of the upper eyelid necessitating antibiotic therapy and en-bloc excision of the tick with the attached eyelid portion. Large ticks that are embedded in the eyelid are best treated surgically with en-bloc excision of the tick and its attached lid. Read More

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November 2019

First incidence of ectoparasites in Abuja Zoological Parks, Abuja, Nigeria.

Ann Parasitol 2020 ;66(4):533-537

Department of Veterinary Parasitology and Entomology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Abuja, P.M.B 117, Abuja, Nigeria.

Ectoparasites are known for representing a considerable health risk to animals and humans when living close to each other. Little is known about the ectoparasites of Zoo animals in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. This research was conducted from December, 2017 to April, 2018. Read More

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