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, 155 (3-4), 328-32

Preliminary Evaluation of Exotic Tick Species and Exotic Pathogens Imported on Migratory Birds Into the British Isles

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Preliminary Evaluation of Exotic Tick Species and Exotic Pathogens Imported on Migratory Birds Into the British Isles

M E Pietzsch et al. Vet Parasitol.

Abstract

Field studies were carried out to determine whether ticks are being imported into the British Isles on migratory birds. During spring and autumn migration 2004, ticks were collected from ringed birds at 11 bird observatories and 3 inland Riparia riparia colonies. A total of 38 ticks of 4 species (Ixodes ricinus, I. frontalis, I. lividus, I. arboricola) were collected from 12 species of bird. Ticks were tested for viruses in the Flavivirus and Nairovirus genera, with no positives found. This data demonstrates that ticks are being imported into the British Isles on migratory birds with future work recommended to determine the quantity of ticks imported and to detect low prevalence pathogens.

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