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Burridge, M. J. , Control and eradication of exotic tick infestations in reptiles. Unpublished paper presented at Proceedings of the ARAV, AAWV, AAZV, NAZWV joint conference. 
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Keywords: Parasiten - parasites, Schildkröten - turtles + tortoises, Stigmochelys pardalis, Testudinidae, Veterinärmedizin - veterinary medicine
Creators: Burridge
Collection: Proceedings of the ARAV, AAWV, AAZV, NAZWV joint conference
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Testudinidae In 1997 the exotic African tortoise tick, Amblyomma marmoreum, was identified in Florida outside importation facilities on a reptile-breeding premises where it had become established.1 Subsequent investigations found that at least 11 exotic tick species had been imported into Florida on reptiles, with at least seven species disseminated beyond importation facilities.4,10 These findings suggested that there was an unregulated flow of exotic ticks into the United States. This was a cause for concern given that the international trade in live reptiles is increasing and that some of the imported ticks are associated with diseases of veterinary or public health significance.3 This concern was heightened when A. marmoreum was confirmed as a capable vector of heartwater,8 a fatal disease of domestic and wild ruminants, and when exotic large reptile ticks (Amblyomma sparsum) infesting a shipment of leopard tortoises (Geochelone pardalis) imported into Florida from Africa were found to be infected with Cowdria ruminantium,5 the causative agent of heartwater. These findings prompted immediate studies to identify an acaricide that would kill tick infestations on reptiles in a safe and efficacious manner and to develop methods for eradication of tick infestations from premises housing reptiles. The results of these studies are summarized in this abstract.
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