Prevalence of Anaplasma bovis in Canadian populations of the Rocky Mountain wood tick, Dermacentor andersoni
Chilton, N.B., Dergousoff, S.J., Lysyk, T.J. (2018). Prevalence of Anaplasma bovis in Canadian populations of the Rocky Mountain wood tick, Dermacentor andersoni. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases, [online] 9(6), 1528-1531. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ttbdis.2018.07.003
Plain language summary
The bacterium Anaplasma bovis was detected in 2.1% of the 1679 Rocky Mountain wood ticks from 24 localities in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The presence of this bacterium in ticks may have implications for the health of cattle or diagnosis of bovine anaplasmosis, which is caused by a closely related organism.
PCR and DNA sequencing were used to determine the prevalence of Anaplasma bovis in Rocky Mountain wood ticks (Dermacentor andersoni) collected in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. These analyses revealed that A. bovis DNA was present in 35 (2.1%) of 1679 ticks collected at 12 of the 24 localities. The discovery of A. bovis in host-seeking female and male D. andersoni from multiple locations in southern Canada may have important implications for diagnosis of anaplasmosis in Canada.