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Human Parasitism by the Brown Dog Tick1

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Out of 643 collections of the brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus (Latreille), from the United States only 13 were from humans and only 4 of these were biting records. A host- preference study for this species of tick showed 3.5% of the larvae tested, 2% of the nymphs, and 5% of the adults were induced to attach to humans after 24 hours. These figures are in contrast to 25% of the larvae, 57.7% of the nymphs, and 59.5% of the adults that attached to guinea pigs and 21.3% of the larvae, 61.1% of the nymphs', and 38.1% of the adults that attached to dogs over the same period of time. These observations indicate that R. sanguineus is not a major human parasite.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1969

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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