The prevalence and distribution of Argas walkerae (Acari: Argasidae) in the eastern region of the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

Onderstepoort J Vet Res. 2008 Mar;75(1):83-6.


The prevalence and geographic distribution of the fowl tampan, Argas walkerae Kaiser & Hoogstraal, 1969 was determined in the eastern region of the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa by inspecting two fowl houses in the vicinity of each of 72 randomly selected communal cattle dip-tanks. Tampans were collected from 102 (70.8%) of the 144 fowl houses in the neighbourhood of 57 (79.2%) of the 72 selected dip-tanks, and the localities of the collections were mapped. Argas walkerae was present in fowl houses from the warm coastal regions of the Indian Ocean in the south to the cold and mountainous Drakensberg in the north-east of the Province. Taking into account the probable sensitivity of the sampling method, it is estimated that A. walkerae is likely to be present in fowl houses belonging to between 74 and 84% of communities making use of cattle dip-tanks in the eastern region of the Eastern Cape Province, and that when it is present, between 64 and 75% of fowl houses will be infested. The geographic distribution of A. walkerae seemed to be more strongly associated with the presence of fowls and fowl houses containing raw or processed wood in their structure than with climate.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acari / growth & development*
  • Animals
  • Birds / parasitology*
  • Cattle
  • Cattle Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Climate
  • Demography
  • Host-Parasite Interactions
  • Life Cycle Stages
  • Population Density
  • Prevalence
  • Seasons
  • South Africa / epidemiology
  • Species Specificity
  • Tick Infestations / epidemiology
  • Tick Infestations / veterinary*