Temporal distribution of Ixodes ricinus, Dermacentor reticulatus and Haemaphysalis concinna in Hungary

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A survey was carried out over a 4-year period to describe the temporal distribution of three 'anthropophilic' tick species, Ixodes ricinus, Dermacentor reticulatus and Haemaphysalis concinna in Hungary. Altogether 4658 adult ticks belonging to the three species were collected from 1931 red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) killed in an area of about 70,000 km2 representing all major climatic areas of the country. The seasonal activity of the three species was different. I. ricinus ticks were most active between April and June with an activity peak in May. A less marked increase of activity was also observed in September and October. The highest activity of D. reticulatus ticks was seen between September and November with an activity peak in October, nevertheless, a marked increase of activity could also be observed in April. Small number of I. ricinus and D. reticulatus were collected in all other months. H. concinna ticks were active from May to July with an activity peak in June and completely disappeared between October and March. The temporal distribution of the three tick species might be used for predictions on the seasonality of tick-borne diseases in Hungary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-379
Number of pages3
JournalVeterinary Parasitology
Volume141
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 5 2006

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Dermacentor
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Ixodes
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Hungary
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Vulpes vulpes
Tick-Borne Diseases
tick-borne diseases
prediction

Keywords

  • Dermacentor reticulatus
  • Haemaphysalis concinna
  • Hungary
  • Ixodes ricinus
  • Red fox
  • Seasonality
  • Temporal distribution
  • Ticks
  • Vulpes vulpes

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  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Parasitology
  • veterinary(all)

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Temporal distribution of Ixodes ricinus, Dermacentor reticulatus and Haemaphysalis concinna in Hungary. / Széll, Z.; Sréter-Lancz, Z.; Márialigeti, K.; Sréter, T.

In: Veterinary Parasitology, Vol. 141, No. 3-4, 05.11.2006, p. 377-379.

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