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Exp Appl Acarol. 2012 Feb;56(2):159-64. doi: 10.1007/s10493-011-9504-y. Epub 2011 Dec 13.

First report of human biting activity of Ixodes acutitarsus (Acari: Ixodidae) collected in Taiwan.

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Department of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China.

Abstract

Ixodes acutitarsus is said to be the largest Ixodes tick in the world. Human biting activity of I. acutitarsus was reported for the first time in Taiwan. Ticks were observed from April to December and collected from infested humans during trips to the mountainous areas of northern, central, southern and eastern Taiwan. Host range, seasonal prevalence, and the vectorial capacity of I. acutitarsus ticks for various human pathogens need to be further identified.

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22160832
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10.1007/s10493-011-9504-y
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