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Ixodid ticks infesting rodents and sheep in diverse biotopes of southern India.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9267427     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A total of 127 rodents were trapped in southern India. Examination of these rodents revealed the presence of 2 species of ticks, Haemaphysalis spinigera and Rhipicephalus ramachandrai. The former species is the principal vector of Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD) in India, and the latter's role, if any, is unknown. Sheep grazing in 1 of the study area were infested with another ixodid tick. Haemaphysalis intermedia, which is a vector of Bhanja virus in India. The presence of H. spinigera on domestic rats is important from the standpoint of KFD enzootiology. This tick shows a narrow habitat preference but a wide host range. In peridomestic situations, the field rodent Bandicota bengalensis did not harbor any tick species. Contiguity of feral and domestic biotopes in some areas contributed to the transfer of R. ramachandrai from its preferred wild rodent host, Tatera indica, to domestic rats Rattus sp.
V K Saxena
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of parasitology     Volume:  83     ISSN:  0022-3395     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Parasitol.     Publication Date:  1997 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-09-02     Completed Date:  1997-09-02     Revised Date:  2005-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7803124     Medline TA:  J Parasitol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  766-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
National Institute of Communicable Diseases, Delhi, India.
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MeSH Terms
Arachnid Vectors / classification,  growth & development*
India / epidemiology
Rodent Diseases / epidemiology,  parasitology*
Sheep Diseases / epidemiology,  parasitology*
Tick Infestations / epidemiology,  parasitology,  veterinary*
Ticks / classification,  growth & development*

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