Portuguese Hosts for Ornithodoros erraticus Ticks

Article


Palma, Mariana, Lopes de Carvalho, Isabel, Osório, Hugo, Zé-Zé, Líbia, Cutler, S. and Núncio, Maria Sofia 2013. Portuguese Hosts for Ornithodoros erraticus Ticks. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. 13 (10), pp. 775-777.
AuthorsPalma, Mariana, Lopes de Carvalho, Isabel, Osório, Hugo, Zé-Zé, Líbia, Cutler, S. and Núncio, Maria Sofia
Abstract

The hematophagous soft tick Ornithodoros erraticus feeds nocturnally on multiple warm-blooded vertebrate hosts. This tick is often found living buried in the soil of traditional pigpens. O. erraticus is an important infectious disease vector both for humans and animals. In the Iberian Peninsula, this tick serves as the vector of human tick-borne relapsing fever caused by the spirochete Borrelia hispanica. The natural ecosystems maintaining this spirochete are not well understood, with details of competent vertebrate reservoirs and tick–host interactions poorly understood. Investigation of arthropod blood meal composition provides evidence linking the vector to specific hosts, providing insights into possible disease reservoirs. Ticks collected from two pigpens located in southern Portugal were subjected to blood meal analysis. PCR amplification of vertebrate cytochrome b was used to disclose the original host from which 349 ticks had derived their previous blood meal. Host origins for blood meal analysis from 79 of 349 ticks revealed that 46.8% had previously fed from pigs, 35.4% human, 13.9% bovine, 5.1% sheep, 1.3% rodent, and 1.3% from birds. Three samples revealed mixed blood meals, namely, human–pig (1.3%), sheep–pig (1.3%), and bovine–pig (1.3%). The major role of pigs as hosts is consistent with fieldwork observations and underlines the importance of pigs for maintaining O. erraticus tick populations. Humans serve as accidental hosts, frequently confirmed by reports from both producers and veterinarians. Other livestock species and wildlife prevalent in the region appear only to have a minor role in maintaining this tick. The results demonstrate the importance of blood meal analysis to determine tick hosts providing a tool for investigation of sylvatic cycle for Borrelia hispanica.

JournalVector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
Journal citation13 (10), pp. 775-777
ISSN1557-7759
1530-3667
Year2013
PublisherMary Ann Liebert
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY-ND
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/vbz.2012.1070
Publication dates
Print08 Oct 2013
Publication process dates
Deposited14 Feb 2014
Copyright informationThis is a copy of an article published in the Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases © 2013 [copyright Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.]; Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases is available online at: http://online.liebertpub.com.
Permalink -

https://repository.uel.ac.uk/item/85w1q

  • 11
    total views
  • 51
    total downloads
  • 4
    views this month
  • 5
    downloads this month

Related outputs

A new Borrelia on the block: Borrelia miyamotoi – a human health risk?
Cutler, S., Vayssier-Taussat, Muriel, Estrada-Peña, Agustín, Potkonjak, Aleksandar, Mihalca, Andrei Daniel and Zeller, Hervé 2019. A new Borrelia on the block: Borrelia miyamotoi – a human health risk? Eurosurveillance. 24 (18), p. Art. 1800170.
An updated meta-analysis of the distribution and prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. in ticks in Europe
Estrada-Peña, Agustín, Cutler, S., Potkonjak, Aleksandar, Vassier-Tussaut, Muriel, Van Bortel, Wim, Zeller, Hervé, Rui, Natalia Fernández and Mihalca, Andrei Daniel 2018. An updated meta-analysis of the distribution and prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. in ticks in Europe. International Journal of Health Geographics. 17, p. Art. 41.
Ornithodoros savingyi – the tick vector of Candidatus Borrelia kalaharica in Nigeria
Cutler, S., Idris, Jibrin M., Ahmed, Akeem O. and Elelu, Nusirat 2018. Ornithodoros savingyi – the tick vector of Candidatus Borrelia kalaharica in Nigeria. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 56 (9), pp. e00532-18.
Migrant health—a cause for concern?
Cutler, S. and Bottieau, E. 2017. Migrant health—a cause for concern? Clinical Microbiology and Infection. 23 (5), pp. 281-282.
Adding a further twist to the tail of Leptospirosis in the UK
Cutler, S. 2017. Adding a further twist to the tail of Leptospirosis in the UK. Veterinary Record. 180 (17), p. Editorial.
Diagnosing Borreliosis
Cutler, S., Rudenko, Nataliia, Golovchenko, Maryna, Cramaro, Wibke J., Kirpach, Josiane, Savic, Sara, Christova, Iva and Amaro, Ana 2017. Diagnosing Borreliosis. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. 17 (1), pp. 2-11.
Critical Aspects for Detection of Coxiella burnetii
Mori, Marcella, Mertens, Katja, Cutler, S. and Santos, Ana Sofia 2017. Critical Aspects for Detection of Coxiella burnetii. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. 17 (1), pp. 33-41.
Relapsing fever causative agent in southern Iran is a closely related species to East African borreliae
Naddaf, Saied Reza, Ghazinezhad, Behnaz, Kazemirad, Elham and Cutler, S. 2017. Relapsing fever causative agent in southern Iran is a closely related species to East African borreliae. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases. 8 (6), pp. 882-886.
There is inadequate evidence to support the division of the genus Borrelia
Margos, Gabriele, Marosevic, Durdica, Cutler, S., Derdakova, Marketa, Diuk-Wasser, Maria, Emler, Stefan, Fish, Durland, Gray, Jeremy, Hunfeld, Klaus-Peter, Jaulhac, Benoit, Kahl, Olaf, Kovalev, Sergey, Kraiczy, Peter, Lane, Robert S., Lienhard, Reto, Lindgren, Per-Eric, Ogden, Nicholas, Ornstein, Katharina, Rupprecht, Tobias, Schwartz, Ira, Sing, Andreas, Straubinger, Reinhard K., Strle, Franc, Voordouw, Maarten, Rizzoli, Annapaola, Stevenson, Brian and Fingerle, Volker 2016. There is inadequate evidence to support the division of the genus Borrelia. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 67 (4), pp. 1081-1084.
Emerging borreliae – Expanding beyond Lyme borreliosis
Cutler, S., Ruzic-Sabljic, Eva and Potkonjack, Aleksandar 2016. Emerging borreliae – Expanding beyond Lyme borreliosis. Molecular and Cellular Probes. 31, pp. 22-27.
A Case of Canine Borreliosis in Iran Caused by Borrelia persica
Shirani, Darush, Rakhshanpoor, Alaleh, Cutler, S., Ghazinezhad, Behnaz and Naddaf, Saied Reza 2016. A Case of Canine Borreliosis in Iran Caused by Borrelia persica. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases. 7 (3), pp. 424-426.
Evolution of Koch's postulates: towards a twenty-first century understanding of microbial infection
Antonelli, Guido and Cutler, S. 2016. Evolution of Koch's postulates: towards a twenty-first century understanding of microbial infection. Clinical Microbiology and Infection. 22 (7), pp. 583-584.
Emerging horizons for tick-borne pathogens: from the ‘one pathogen–one disease’ vision to the pathobiome paradigm
Vayssier-Taussat, Muriel, Kazimirova, Maria, Hubalek, Zdenek, Hornok, Sándor, Farkas, Robert, Cosson, Jean-François, Bonnet, Sarah, Vourch, Gwenaël, Gasqui, Patrick, Mihalca, Andrei Daniel, Plantard, Olivier, Silaghi, Cornelia, Cutler, S. and Rizzoli, Annapaola 2015. Emerging horizons for tick-borne pathogens: from the ‘one pathogen–one disease’ vision to the pathobiome paradigm. Future Microbiology. 10 (12), pp. 2033-2043.
Refugee crisis and re-emergence of forgotten infections in Europe
Cutler, S. 2015. Refugee crisis and re-emergence of forgotten infections in Europe. Clinical Microbiology and Infection. 22 (1), pp. 8-9.
Relapsing Fever Borreliae: A Global Review
Cutler, S. 2015. Relapsing Fever Borreliae: A Global Review. Clinics in Laboratory Medicine. 35 (4), pp. 847-865.
Neglected zoonoses: forgotten infections among disregarded populations
Cutler, S. 2015. Neglected zoonoses: forgotten infections among disregarded populations. Clinical Microbiology and Infection. 21 (5), pp. 392-393.
Urban Leptospirosis in Africa: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Leptospira Infection in Rodents in the Kibera Urban Settlement, Nairobi, Kenya
Halliday, J. E. B., Knobel, D. L., Allan, K. J., de C. Bronsvoort, B. M., Handel, I., Agwanda, B., Cutler, S., Olack, B., Ahmed, A., Hartskeerl, R. A., Njenga, M. K., Cleaveland, S. and Breiman, R. F. 2013. Urban Leptospirosis in Africa: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Leptospira Infection in Rodents in the Kibera Urban Settlement, Nairobi, Kenya. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 89 (6), pp. 1095-1102.
New concepts for the old challenge of African relapsing fever borreliosis
Cutler, S., Abdissa, A. and Trape, J.-F. 2009. New concepts for the old challenge of African relapsing fever borreliosis. Clinical Microbiology and Infection. 15 (5), pp. 400-406.
Myths, legends and realities of relapsing fever borreliosis
Cutler, S. 2009. Myths, legends and realities of relapsing fever borreliosis. Clinical Microbiology and Infection. 15 (5), pp. 395-396.
Does RecA have a role in Borrelia recurrentis?
Cutler, S., Rinky, I. J. and Bonilla, E. M. 2011. Does RecA have a role in Borrelia recurrentis? Clinical Microbiology and Infection. 17 (2), pp. 195-197.
Spirochaetes: past lessons to future directions [Editorial]
Cutler, S. 2011. Spirochaetes: past lessons to future directions [Editorial]. Clinical Microbiology and Infection. 17 (4), pp. 481-483.
The polymicrobial nature of biofilm infection
Wolcott, R., Costerton, J. W., Raoult, D. and Cutler, S. 2012. The polymicrobial nature of biofilm infection. Clinical Microbiology and Infection. 19 (2), pp. 107-112.
Dangerous liaisons-our expanding appreciation of microbial synergism [Editorial]
Cutler, S. 2013. Dangerous liaisons-our expanding appreciation of microbial synergism [Editorial]. Clinical Microbiology and Infection. 19 (2), pp. 105-106.
Relapsing fever borreliosis
Cutler, S. 2015. Relapsing fever borreliosis. in: Schlossberg, David (ed.) Clinical Infectious Disease Cambridge Cambridge University Press. pp. 1068-1071
High Prevalence of Rickettsia africae Variants in Amblyomma variegatum Ticks from Domestic Mammals in Rural Western Kenya: Implications for Human Health
Maina, Alice N., Jiang, Ju, Omulo, Sylvia A., Cutler, S., Ade, Fredrick, Ogola, Eric, Feikin, Daniel R., Njenga, M. Kariuki, Cleaveland, Sarah, Mpoke, Solomon, Ng'ang'a, Zipporah, Breiman, Robert F., Knobel, Darryn L. and Richards, Allen L. 2014. High Prevalence of Rickettsia africae Variants in Amblyomma variegatum Ticks from Domestic Mammals in Rural Western Kenya: Implications for Human Health. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. 14 (10), pp. 693-702.
Urban Leptospirosis in Africa: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Leptospira Infection in Rodents in the Kibera Urban Settlement, Nairobi, Kenya
Halliday, J. E. B., Knobel, D. L., Allan, K. J., de C. Bronsvoort, B. M., Handel, I., Agwanda, B., Cutler, S., Olack, B., Ahmed, A., Hartskeerl, R. A., Njenga, M. K., Cleaveland, S. and Breiman, R. F. 2013. Urban Leptospirosis in Africa: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Leptospira Infection in Rodents in the Kibera Urban Settlement, Nairobi, Kenya. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 89 (6), pp. 1095-1102.
Fibroblast growth stimulation, DPPH antioxidant assay and antimicrobial activities of Funtumia elastica (Preuss) Stapf (Apocynaceae) leaf extracts
Osei-Djarbeng, Samuel N., Cutler, S., Cutler, Ronald R. and Corcoran, O. 2014. Fibroblast growth stimulation, DPPH antioxidant assay and antimicrobial activities of Funtumia elastica (Preuss) Stapf (Apocynaceae) leaf extracts. European Journal of Medicinal Plants. 4 (7), pp. 835-843.
Brucellosis in Ethiopia
Yohannes, Moti, Degefu, Hailu, Tolosa, Tadele, Belihu, Kelay, Cutler, Ronald R. and Cutler, S. 2013. Brucellosis in Ethiopia. African Journal of Microbiology Research. 7 (14), pp. 1150-1157.
Antimicrobial and anti-quorum sensing activities of some Ghanaian medicinal plants
Osei-Djarbeng, S., Corcoran, O., Cutler, S. and Cutler, R. R. 2012. Antimicrobial and anti-quorum sensing activities of some Ghanaian medicinal plants. International Journal of Indigenous Medicinal Plants. 28 (10), pp. 221-226.
Typing African Relapsing Fever Spirochetes
Scott, Julie Christine, Wright, David Julian Maurice and Cutler, S. 2005. Typing African Relapsing Fever Spirochetes. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 11 (11), pp. 1722-1729.
Possibilities for Relapsing Fever Reemergence
Cutler, S. 2006. Possibilities for Relapsing Fever Reemergence. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 12 (3), pp. 369-374.
Population Structure of East African Relapsing Fever Borrelia spp.
Cutler, S., Bonilla, E. Margarita and Singh, Rajbir J. 2010. Population Structure of East African Relapsing Fever Borrelia spp. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 16 (7), pp. 1076-1080.
Human Complement Regulators C4b-Binding Protein and C1 Esterase Inhibitor Interact with a Novel Outer Surface Protein of Borrelia recurrentis
Grosskinsky, Sonja, Schott, Melanie, Brenner, Christiane, Cutler, S., Simon, Markus M. and Wallich, Reinhard 2010. Human Complement Regulators C4b-Binding Protein and C1 Esterase Inhibitor Interact with a Novel Outer Surface Protein of Borrelia recurrentis. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 4 (6).
Public Health Threat of New, Reemerging, and Neglected Zoonoses in the Industrialized World
Cutler, S., Fooks, Anthony R. and van der Poel, Wim H.M. 2010. Public Health Threat of New, Reemerging, and Neglected Zoonoses in the Industrialized World. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 16 (1), pp. 1-7.
The Genome of Borrelia recurrentis, the Agent of Deadly Louse-Borne Relapsing Fever, Is a Degraded Subset of Tick-Borne Borrelia duttonii
Lescot, Magali, Audic, Stéphane, Robert, Catherine, Nguyen, Thi Tien, Blanc, Guillaume, Cutler, S., Wincker, Patrick and Couloux, Arnaud 2008. The Genome of Borrelia recurrentis, the Agent of Deadly Louse-Borne Relapsing Fever, Is a Degraded Subset of Tick-Borne Borrelia duttonii. PLoS Genetics. 4 (9), pp. 1-11.
Borrelia recurrentis Employs a Novel Multifunctional Surface Protein with Anti-Complement, Anti-Opsonic and Invasive Potential to Escape Innate Immunity
Grosskinsky, Sonja, Schott, Melanie, Brenner, Christiane, Cutler, S., Kraiczy, Peter, Zipfel, Peter F., Simon, Markus M. and Wallich, Reinhard 2009. Borrelia recurrentis Employs a Novel Multifunctional Surface Protein with Anti-Complement, Anti-Opsonic and Invasive Potential to Escape Innate Immunity. PLOS ONE. 4 (3), pp. 1-12.