Skip to main content

Ticks and tick-borne diseases

Subject Editor
Martin Pfeffer, University of Leipzig, Germany

Associate Editors
Jairo Mendoza, University of Bari, Italy
Andrei Daniel Mihalca, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Sebastián Muñoz-Leal, University of Concepción, Chile
Cornelia Silaghi, Friedrich Loeffler Institut, Germany
Laurence Vial, Centre of International Cooperation for Research in Agriculture Development (CIRAD), France
 

The Ticks and tick-borne diseases section publishes studies looking at all aspects of ticks, including systematics, phylogenetics, taxonomy (including new species descriptions), evolution, ecology, biology, physiology, biochemistry, genomics, proteomics, and control. Studies relating to tick-borne pathogens (e.g., occurrence and prevalence in ticks and vertebrate hosts, coinfections, transmission, pathogen interactions with ticks and vertebrate hosts at the molecular and cellular levels) and tick-borne diseases (e.g., epidemiology, diagnosis, immunology, treatment, prevention and control) in domestic animals, wildlife and humans are also welcome.

Page 2 of 2

  1. Migratory birds can cross geographical and environmental barriers and are thereby able to facilitate transmission of tick-borne pathogens both as carriers of infected ticks and as reservoirs of pathogenic micr...

    Authors: Peter Wilhelmsson, Olga Pawełczyk, Thomas G. T. Jaenson, Jonas Waldenström, Björn Olsen, Pia Forsberg and Per-Eric Lindgren

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:183

    Content type: Research

    Published on:

  2. The argasid tick Ornithodoros erraticus is the main vector of tick-borne human relapsing fever (TBRF) and African swine fever (ASF) in the Mediterranean Basin. Tick salivary proteins secreted to the host at the f...

    Authors: Ricardo Pérez-Sánchez, Ángel Carnero-Morán, Beatriz Soriano, Carlos Llorens and Ana Oleaga

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:170

    Content type: Research

    Published on:

  3. The incidence of Lyme borreliosis and other tick-borne diseases is increasing in Europe and North America. There is currently much interest in identifying the ecological factors that determine the density of i...

    Authors: Cindy Bregnard, Olivier Rais and Maarten Jeroen Voordouw

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:168

    Content type: Research

    Published on:

  4. During the last decades a northward and upward range shift has been observed among many organisms across different taxa. In the northern hemisphere, ticks have been observed to have increased their latitudinal...

    Authors: Nicolas De Pelsmaeker, Lars Korslund and Øyvind Steifetten

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:161

    Content type: Research

    Published on:

  5. Louping ill virus (LIV) and tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) are tick-borne flaviviruses that are both transmitted by the major European tick, Ixodes ricinus. Despite the importance of I. ricinus as an arthro...

    Authors: Manon Lemasson, Grégory Caignard, Yves Unterfinger, Houssam Attoui, Lesley Bell-Sakyi, Edouard Hirchaud, Sara Moutailler, Nicholas Johnson, Damien Vitour, Jennifer Richardson and Sandrine A. Lacour

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:144

    Content type: Research

    Published on:

  6. Tick-borne diseases are common throughout Europe. Ticks transmit pathogens to the host while feeding and together with mosquitoes, they are major vectors of infectious agents worldwide. In recent years, there ...

    Authors: Tania Audino, Alessandra Pautasso, Veronica Bellavia, Valerio Carta, Alessio Ferrari, Federica Verna, Carla Grattarola, Barbara Iulini, Maria Domenica Pintore, Mauro Bardelli, Germano Cassina, Laura Tomassone, Simone Peletto, Valeria Blanda, Alessandra Torina, Maria Caramelli…

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:136

    Content type: Research

    Published on:

  7. Ticks are ectoparasites that feed on blood of a broad taxonomical range of terrestrial and flying vertebrates and are distributed across a wide range of environmental settings. To date, the species identity, d...

    Authors: Qi Zhou, Jiao Li, Xianguang Guo, Jinlong Liu, Qi Song, Xiong Gong, Han Chen, Jianhui Zhang, Jinlei He, Zhiwan Zheng, Dali Chen and Jianping Chen

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:135

    Content type: Short report

    Published on:

  8. The incidence of Lyme borreliosis varies over time and space through as yet incompletely understood mechanisms. In Europe, Lyme borreliosis is caused by infection with a Borrelia burgdorferi (s.l.) genospecies, w...

    Authors: Nienke Hartemink, Arnold J. H. van Vliet, Gerrit Gort, Fedor Gassner, Frans Jacobs, Manoj Fonville, Willem Takken and Hein Sprong

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:121

    Content type: Research

    Published on:

  9. Spotted fever group rickettsiae represent one of the most diverse groups of vector-borne bacteria, with several human pathogenic species showing an emerging trend worldwide. Most species are vectored by ticks ...

    Authors: Ioana A. Matei, Alexandra Corduneanu, Attila D. Sándor, Angela Monica Ionică, Luciana Panait, Zsuzsa Kalmár, Talida Ivan, Ionel Papuc, Cosmina Bouari, Nicodim Fit and Andrei Daniel Mihalca

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:107

    Content type: Research

    Published on:

    The Correction to this article has been published in Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:187

  10. 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 bigemin...

    Authors: M. Sofia Agudelo, William E. Grant and Hsiao‑Hsuan Wang

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:102

    Content type: Research

    Published on:

  11. Numerous laboratory and fewer field-based studies have found that ixodid ticks develop more quickly and survive better at temperatures between 18 °C and 26 °C and relative humidity (RH) between 75 and 94%. Ixodes...

    Authors: Natasha Bansal, William E. Pomroy, Allen C. G. Heath and Isabel Castro

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:85

    Content type: Research

    Published on:

  12. Rickettsia spp. are human pathogens that cause a number of diseases and are transmitted by arthropods, such as ixodid ticks. Estonia is one of few regions where the distribution area of two medically important ti...

    Authors: Maria Vikentjeva, Julia Geller, Jaanus Remm and Irina Golovljova

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:65

    Content type: Research

    Published on:

  13. Ticks are obligate haematophagous ectoparasites of vertebrate hosts and transmit the widest range of pathogenic organisms of any arthropod vector. Seven tick species are known to feed on bare-nosed wombats (Vomba...

    Authors: Danielle Beard, Hayley J. Stannard and Julie M. Old

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:60

    Content type: Research

    Published on:

  14. Borrelia miyamotoi, a bacterium that causes relapsing fever, is found in ixodid ticks throughout the northern hemisphere. The first cases of human infection with B. miyamotoi were identified in 2011. In the easte...

    Authors: F. Keesing, D. J. McHenry, M. H. Hersh and R. S. Ostfeld

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:51

    Content type: Research

    Published on:

  15. The lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum), an important vector of a wide range of human and animal pathogens, is very common throughout the East and Midwest of the USA. Ticks are known to carry non-pathogenic bac...

    Authors: L. Paulina Maldonado-Ruiz, Saraswoti Neupane, Yoonseong Park and Ludek Zurek

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:49

    Content type: Research

    Published on:

  16. Tick-borne diseases (TBDs) constitute a major constraint for livestock development in sub-Saharan Africa, with East Coast fever (ECF) being the most devastating TBD of cattle. However, in Burundi, detailed in...

    Authors: Lionel Nyabongo, Esther G. Kanduma, Richard P. Bishop, Eunice Machuka, Alice Njeri, Alain V. Bimenyimana, Canesius Nkundwanayo, David O. Odongo and Roger Pelle

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2021 14:6

    Content type: Research

    Published on:

  17. Several species of soft ticks in genus Ornithodoros are known vectors and reservoirs of African swine fever virus (ASFV). However, the underlying mechanisms of vector competence for ASFV across Ornithodoros speci...

    Authors: Rémi Pereira De Oliveira, Evelyne Hutet, Renaud Lancelot, Frédéric Paboeuf, Maxime Duhayon, Fernando Boinas, Adalberto A. Pérez de León, Serhii Filatov, Marie-Frédérique Le Potier and Laurence Vial

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:618

    Content type: Research

    Published on:

  18. Birds can act as reservoirs of tick-borne pathogens and can also disperse pathogen-containing ticks to both nearby and remote localities. The aims of this study were to estimate tick infestation patterns on mi...

    Authors: Peter Wilhelmsson, Thomas G. T. Jaenson, Björn Olsen, Jonas Waldenström and Per-Eric Lindgren

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:607

    Content type: Research

    Published on:

  19. Rickettsia rickettsii is a tick-borne obligate intracellular bacterium that causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever, a life-threatening illness. To obtain an insight into the vector–pathogen interactions, we assessed...

    Authors: Larissa Almeida Martins, Giuseppe Palmisano, Mauro Cortez, Rebeca Kawahara, José Mario de Freitas Balanco, André Fujita, Beatriz Iglesias Alonso, Darci Moraes Barros-Battesti, Gloria Regina Cardoso Braz, Lucas Tirloni, Eliane Esteves, Sirlei Daffre and Andréa Cristina Fogaça

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:603

    Content type: Research

    Published on:

  20. The main vector and reservoir host of Rickettsia felis, an emerging human pathogen causing flea-borne spotted fever, is the cat flea Ctenocephalides felis. While cats have not been found to be infected with the o...

    Authors: Md Monirul Hoque, Subarna Barua, Patrick John Kelly, Kelly Chenoweth, Bernhard Kaltenboeck and Chengming Wang

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:581

    Content type: Research

    Published on:

  21. In Europe, ticks are responsible for the transmission of several pathogens of medical importance, including bacteria of the Borrelia burgdorferi (s.l.) complex, the agents of Lyme borreliosis. In France, the Auve...

    Authors: Laure Mathews-Martin, Manon Namèche, Gwenaël Vourc’h, Sabrina Gasser, Isabelle Lebert, Valérie Poux, Séverine Barry, Séverine Bord, Jeremy Jachacz, Karine Chalvet-Monfray, Gilles Bourdoiseau, Sophie Pamies, Diana Sepúlveda, Sandrine Chambon-Rouvier and Magalie René-Martellet

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:576

    Content type: Research

    Published on:

  22. Recently Greay et al. (Parasit Vectors 11:197, 2018) described several new Apicomplexa parasites from domestic companion animals in Australia. Harris (Parasit Vectors 12;172, 2019) highlighted that these descr...

    Authors: D. James Harris

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:575

    Content type: Letter to the Editor

    Published on:

  23. The winter tick (Dermacentor albipictus) has garnered significant attention throughout North America for its impact on wildlife health, and especially for moose (Alces alces), where high tick burdens may result i...

    Authors: Emily S. Chenery, N. Jane Harms, Nicholas E. Mandrak and Péter K. Molnár

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:565

    Content type: Short report

    Published on:

  24. In the South of Kazakhstan, Almaty Oblastʼ (region) is endemic for tick-borne encephalitis, with 0.16–0.32 cases/100,000 population between 2016–2018. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence ...

    Authors: Karlygash Abdiyeva, Nurkeldi Turebekov, Ravilya Yegemberdiyeva, Andrey Dmitrovskiy, Lyazzat Yeraliyeva, Zhanna Shapiyeva, Talgat Nurmakhanov, Yerlan Sansyzbayev, Guenter Froeschl, Michael Hoelscher, Josua Zinner, Sandra Essbauer and Stefan Frey

    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2020 13:504

    Content type: Research

    Published on: