Free-living ticks in a cerrado fragment, state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

Authors

  • Jaqueline Matias Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical; Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA
  • Wilson Werner Koller Embrapa Gado de Corte, Campo Grande, MS.
  • Marcos Valerio Garcia Laboratório de Biologia do Carrapato, Embrapa Gado /Bolsista DCR Fundect, MS
  • Jacqueline Cavalcante Barros Embrapa Gado de Corte, Campo Grande, MS
  • Maria Dolores Esteve-Gassent Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical; Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA
  • André de Abreu Rangel Aguirre Pós-Graduação em Doenças Infecciosas e Parasitárias - Faculdade de Medicina, Univ. Federal Mato Grosso do Sul, Campo Grande, MS, Brasil/ Fiocruz/Rondônia,
  • Leandro de Oliveira Souza Higa Embrapa Gado de Corte, Campo Grande/Pós-Graduação em Doenças Infecciosas e Parasitárias - Faculdade de Medicina, Univ. Federal Mato Grosso do Sul, Campo Grande, MS, Brasil
  • Namor Pinheiro Zimmermann Universidade da Grande Dourados, Dourados, MS, Brasil.
  • Renato Andreotti Embrapa Gado de Corte, Campo Grande, MS.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14393/BJ-v34n1a2018-39756

Keywords:

Amblyomma dubitatum, Amblyomma sculptum, Tick diversity, Rickettsia spp.

Abstract

The fatal cases of spotted fever reported in some Brazilian municipalities are generally associated with the presence of ticks and capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris). The urban forest fragments where this rodent is present are of great concern. We investigated the diversity of free ticks as well as the occurrence of ticks infected by Rickettsia in one of these fragments, in Campo Grande city, Mato Grosso do Sul state, Brazil. From winter 2012 until the autumn of 2015, using CO2 traps, we collect 1219 ticks, of which 1045 belonged to the species Amblyomma sculptum and 174 belonged to A. dubitatum. Both species were more abundant in spring (September to December) and summer (December to March). Rickettsial DNA was not detected in any of the specimens collected; however, one of the species found, A. sculptum is considered the main vector of Brazilian Spotted Fever, thus deserving constant vigilance by the public health organs.

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Published

2018-08-08

How to Cite

MATIAS, J., KOLLER, W.W., GARCIA, M.V., BARROS, J.C., ESTEVE-GASSENT, M.D., AGUIRRE, A. de A.R., HIGA, L. de O.S., ZIMMERMANN, N.P. and ANDREOTTI, R., 2018. Free-living ticks in a cerrado fragment, state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil . Bioscience Journal [online], vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 979–984. [Accessed23 May 2022]. DOI 10.14393/BJ-v34n1a2018-39756. Available from: https://seer.ufu.br/index.php/biosciencejournal/article/view/39756.

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Agricultural Sciences