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Ticks and tick-borne diseases

Subject Editor
Anna Bajer, University of Warsaw, Poland

Associate Editors
Jairo Mendoza, PhD, University of Bari, Italy
Andrei Daniel Mihalca, PhD, MSc, DVM, Dipl. ECZM, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Sebastián Muñoz-Leal, DVM, DSc University of Concepción, Chile
Prof. Dr. med. vet. Cornelia Silaghi, Friedrich Loeffler Institut, Germany

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.

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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