Range Expansion of Tick Disease Vectors in North America: Implications for Spread of Tick-Borne Disease.

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International journal of environmental research and public health, ISSN: 1660-4601, Vol: 15, Issue: 3, Page: 478

Publication Year:
2018
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Repository URL:
https://digitalcommons.odu.edu/biology_fac_pubs/236
PMID:
29522469
DOI:
10.3390/ijerph15030478
Author(s):
Sonenshine, Daniel E.
Publisher(s):
MDPI AG
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Medicine; Environmental Science; Climate change; Habitats; Hosts; Dermacentor variabilis; Amblyomma americanum; Amblyomma maculatum; Ixodes scapularis; Abiotic factors; Biotic factors; Environmental Public Health; Environmental Sciences; Parasitology; Public Health
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Ticks are the major vectors of most disease-causing agents to humans, companion animals and wildlife. Moreover, ticks transmit a greater variety of pathogenic agents than any other blood-feeding arthropod. Ticks have been expanding their geographic ranges in recent decades largely due to climate change. Furthermore, tick populations in many areas of their past and even newly established localities have increased in abundance. These dynamic changes present new and increasing severe public health threats to humans, livestock and companion animals in areas where they were previously unknown or were considered to be of minor importance. Here in this review, the geographic status of four representative tick species are discussed in relation to these public health concerns, namely, the American dog tick, , the lone star tick, , the Gulf Coast Tick, and the black-legged tick, . Both biotic and abiotic factors that may influence future range expansion and successful colony formation in new habitats are discussed.