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|Title:||Ticks on humans in the Pantanal wetlands, Brazil.|
|Authors:||RAMOS, V. N.|
OSAVA, C. F.
SZABÓ, M. P. J.
|Affiliation:||VANESSA N. RAMOS, UFU; CAROLINA F. OSAVA, UFU; UBIRATAN PIOVEZAN, CPAP; MATIAS P. J. SZABÓ, UFU.|
|Citation:||Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases, v. 5, p. 497-499, 2014.|
|Description:||Information on ticks biting humans in Brazil is very restricted. In fact, many times when human tick-borne diseases are diagnosed, the involved vector tick is not identified, although this may be clinically helpful. Pantanal is one of the world?s largest floodplains, has an exuberant wildlife, and is place of extensive cattle ranching, ecotourism, and fishing. We herein report tick species found on humans in a 13-month survey in a region with both cattle and wildlife handling in the Brazilian Pantanal. From February 2012 to February 2013, a total of 280 ticks was collected from humans (n = 22), 121 of which were attached. Amblyomma cajennense sensu lato nymphs were the main tick species and stage found attached to humans (n = 93) especially during the dry months (winter). In the wet season (summer), Amblyomma parvum adults were the main ticks found attached to humans (n = 19) followed by A. cajennense s.l. adults (n = 9). Only one unattached nymph of A. parvum was collected in this study. These results reinforce that A. cajennense s.l. nymphs are an important parasite of humans (and vectors) in Brazil and draw also attention to A. parvum adults as frequent human parasites as well.|
|Keywords:||Human tick bites|
Amblyomma cajennense sl
|Type of Material:||Separatas|
|Appears in Collections:||Artigo em periódico indexado (CPAP)|
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