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Prevention and control strategies for ticks and pathogen transmission

Author(s) : J. de la Fuente, K.M. Kocan & M. Contreras

Summary :

Ticks and tick-borne pathogens have evolved together, resulting in a complex relationship in which the pathogen’s life cycle is perfectly coordinated with the tick’s feeding cycle, and the tick can harbour high pathogen levels without affecting its biology. Tick-borne diseases (TBDs) continue to emerge and/or spread, and pose an increasing threat to human and animal health. The disruptive impacts of global change have resulted in ecosystem instability and the future outcomes of management and control programmes for ticks and TBDs are difficult to predict. In particular, the selection of acaricide-resistant ticks has reduced the value of acaricides as a sole means of tick control. Vaccines provide an alternative control method, but the use of tick vaccines has not advanced since the first vaccines were registered in the early 1990s.

Keywords
Acaricide resistance – Cattle – Integrated control – Tick – Tick-borne disease – Tick vaccine – Vector-borne disease.

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