Ornithodoros Porcinus Ticks, Bushpigs, and African Swine Fever in Madagascar
Source: Experimental and Applied Acarology, Volume 25, Number 3, 2001 , pp. 263-269(7)
Abstract:African swine fever (ASF) has recently made its appearance in Madagascar. Ticks of the Ornithodoros moubata group, considered to be O. porcinus Walton, 1962 were formerly known to occur in western Madagascar, but seem to have disappeared from that region. However, three new sites where they occur were found in the humid and cool central highlands of Anatananarivo province. These ticks are known to be efficient reservoirs and vectors of ASF and constitute a considerable complication to the control of the disease. The authors also discuss another potentially complicating factor, the presence of a species of African bushpig, Potamochoerus larvatus.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: 1: Direction des Services Vétérinaires de Madagascar, B.P. 291, Antananarivo 101, Madagascar 2: Institut Pasteur de Madagascar, B.P. 1274, Antananarivo 101, Madagascar 3: Author for correspondence: ‘A Surgente’, route du Port, 20130 Cargèse, France. Tel. and Fax: + 33 4 9526 4083; E-mail: email@example.com.
Publication date: January 1, 2001