Horses in South Africa found to be infested with 17 tick species

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Horses in South Africa found to be infested with 17 tick species

The most common tick identified on horses in a South Africa-wide study is a species that can spread the organisms responsible for equine piroplasmosis, researchers report.

Ticks were also collected from 76 donkeys in Limpopo Province, 2 in Gauteng Province and 1 in North West province.

The prevalence of R. evertsi evertsi was potentially important because it is the vector of the organisms that cause equine piroplasmosis, Babesia caballi and Theileria equi, the researchers said. It also transmits Anaplasma marginale, the organism the causes anaplasmosis in cattle.

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