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Biological and ecological characteristics of soft ticks (Ixodida: Argasidae) and their impact for predicting tick and associated disease distribution.
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PMID:  19839264     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
As evidence of global changes is accumulating, scientists are challenged to detect distribution changes of vectors, reservoirs and pathogens caused by anthropogenic and/or environmental changes. Statistical and mathematical distribution models are emerging for ixodid hard ticks whereas no prediction has ever been developed for argasid ones. These last organisms remain unknown and under-reported; they differ from hard ticks by many structural, biological and ecological properties, which complicate direct adaptation of hard tick models. However, investigations on bibliographic resources concerning these ticks suggest that distribution modelling based on natural niche concept and using environmental factors especially climate is also possible, bearing in mind the scale of prediction and their specificities including their nidicolous lifestyle, an indiscriminate host feeding and a short bloodmeal duration, as well as a flexible development cycle through diapause periods.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Parasite (Paris, France)     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1252-607X     ISO Abbreviation:  Parasite     Publication Date:  2009 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-10-20     Completed Date:  2010-01-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9437094     Medline TA:  Parasite     Country:  France    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  191-202     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre de Cooperation Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le D??veloppement (CIRAD), BIOS UMR15 (TA A-15/G), Campus International de Baillarguet, 34398 Montpellier cedex 5, France.
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MeSH Terms
Africa / epidemiology
Argasidae / growth & development,  physiology*
Arthropods / parasitology
Asia / epidemiology
Disease Reservoirs
Disease Vectors
Egypt / epidemiology
Europe / epidemiology
Life Cycle Stages
Predictive Value of Tests
Tick Infestations / epidemiology*
Ticks / growth & development,  physiology*
Vertebrates / parasitology

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