A resident of Florida returned from a short visit to southern Africa to find a male Amblyomma hebraeum tick attached to the skin behind her knee. Amblyomma hebraeum is a major vector of 2 pathogens that cause important diseases in southern Africa, heartwater of ruminants and African tick-bite fever of humans. The tick was tested by polymerase chain reaction assay for evidence of infection with Cowdria ruminantium and Rickettsia africae (the causative agents of heartwater and African tick-bite fever, respectively) and was found to be negative for both agents. This is the second record of the exotic tick, A. hebraeum, being introduced into the United States on a human host.
Introduction of the Exotic Tick Amblyomma hebraeum into Florida on a Human Host
- Views Icon Views
- Share Icon Share
- Search Site
M. J. Burridge, L. A. Simmons, B. H. Simbi, S. M. Mahan, P-E. Fournier, D. Raoult; Introduction of the Exotic Tick Amblyomma hebraeum into Florida on a Human Host. J Parasitol 1 August 2002; 88 (4): 800–801. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/0022-3395(2002)088[0800:IOTETA]2.0.CO;2
Download citation file: