Search Results for: birds and ticks

Ticks parasitizing gallinaceous birds in Canada and first record of Borrelia burgdorferi-infected Ixodes pacificus (Acari: Ixodidae) from California Quail

Systematic & Applied Acarology 21(1): 1–12 (2016) JOHN D. SCOTT, JOHN F. ANDERSON, LANCE A. DURDEN, MORGAN L. SMITH, JODI M. MANORD & KERRY L. CLARK Abstract In far-western Canada, gallinaceous birds are hosts of hard ticks (Ixodida: Ixodidae) that can carry zoonotic pathogens. In this study, we collected the avian coastal tick, Ixodes auritulus Neumann, the western blacklegged Continues →

Assessing the Contribution of Songbirds to the Movement of Ticks and /Borrelia burgdorferi/ in the Midwestern United States During Fall Migration

Abstract: The geographic distributions of Ixodes scapularis (black-legged tick) and the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi (the causative agent of Lyme disease) are expanding in the USA. To assess the role of migratory songbirds in the spread of this tick and pathogen, we captured passerines in central Illinois during the fall of 2012. We compared forested sites in regions where I. scapularis Continues →

Ontario, Canada, researcher John Scott first to find raptor birds with Lyme Disease and Lyme Disease carrying ticks.

Abstract During a pan-Canadian tick-host study, we detected the spirochetal bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, which causes Lyme disease, in ticks collected from a raptor. Lyme disease is one of a number of zoonotic, tick-borne diseases causing morbidity and mortality worldwide. Larvae of the avian coastal tick, Ixodes auritulus, were collected by wildlife rehabilitators from a Cooper’s hawk, Accipiter cooperii, Continues →

Migratory songbirds disperse ticks across Canada, and first isolation of the Lyme disease spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi, from the avian tick, Ixodes auritulus.

Abstract During a 3-yr comprehensive study, 196 ixodid ticks (9 species) were collected from 89 passerine birds (32 species) from 25 localities across Canada to determine the distribution of avian-associated tick species and endogenous Lyme disease spirochetes, Borrelia burgdorferi Johnson, Schmid, Hyde, Steigerwalt, and Brenner. We report the following first records of tick parasitism on avian hosts: the rabbit-associated tick, Continues →

Far-Reaching Dispersal of Borrelia burgdorferi Sensu Lato-Infected Blacklegged Ticks by Migratory Songbirds in Canada Abstract Lyme disease has been documented in northern areas of Canada, but the source of the etiological bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (Bbsl) has been in doubt. We collected 87 ticks from 44 songbirds during 2017, and 24 (39%) of 62 nymphs of the blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis, were positive for Bbsl. We provide the first report of Bbsl-infected, songbird-transported I. scapularis in Cape Continues →

Nearly 50% of ticks test positive for Lyme bacteria in Onondaga County

[CanLyme Note: This area is only a short flight to Ontario and Quebec for the migratory birds such as robins, wrens, and finches who carry these infected ticks into your region in the millions each season. Canada is endemic for Lyme disease and our government needs to stop wasting money chasing ticks and start funding research to find out how many Continues →

Tick-borne anaplasmosis surging in Maine – and it’s worse than Lyme

[CanLyme note: Canada is only a few hour flight for our many migratory birds who come from Maine (and all of USA) to Canada carrying these infected ticks to our parks, school yards and our back yards.] November 13th, 2017 The illness produces more severe symptoms than Lyme disease and is more difficult to detect; reported cases surged from 52 five Continues →

Detection of Lyme Disease Bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, in Blacklegged Ticks Collected in the Grand River Valley, Ontario, Canada

Scott et al. Received: 2016.09.29; Accepted: 2016.12.28; Published: 2017.02.08 Abstract We document the presence of blacklegged ticks, Ixodes scapularis, in the Grand River valley, Centre Wellington, Ontario. Overall, 15 (36%) of 42 I. scapularis adults collected from 41 mammalian hosts (dogs, cats, humans) were positive for the Lyme disease bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (s.l.). Using real-time PCR testing and Continues →

Portland, Maine: Despite drought, Lyme disease cases came roaring back this fall

[CanLyme Note: Due to the proximity to the Canadian border and the role of our friendly migratory birds in importing infected ticks into Canada in staggering numbers, ie, robins, wrens, etc., Atlantic Canada’s provincial governments must increase public awareness. It is their responsibility.] Dec. 12th, 2016 This summer’s drought failed to reduce the deer tick population – as some experts had hoped – Continues →

Exotic ticks appear to be establishing themselves in Alaska

Alaska Dispatch News Monday, August 29th, 2016 While Alaskans have long endured dense mosquitoes and frigid air, we’ve always had the absence of venomous snakes and dog ticks. But the latter may be establishing themselves here. Ticks that infest red squirrels, snowshoe hares and a variety of birds have always been present in Alaska, but a team of biologists and veterinarians Continues →

Black-legged ticks found at Riding Mountain National Park

[CanLyme Note: “Officials aren’t ready yet to sound the alarms”… here we are in 2016 and Health Canada still refuses to let the public in on the truth… Lyme disease carrying ticks are found anywhere that our friendly robins, finches, wren, and other passerine birds fly in Canada.  Measuring by known risk areas and rating them as high or low is Continues →

Toronto identifies areas where ticks that cause Lyme disease are found

[CanLyme Note: Re: this statement, “Blacklegged ticks that can spread Lyme disease found in 4 areas of city”.  This statement is misleading in that the ticks that transmit Lyme disease are moved around by birds, randomly. They are not only where they look for them or where they have been seen. Birds also can carry the Lyme bacteria in their blood Continues →

California is where BC ticks come from: Tick-Borne Diseases in California – It’s Not Just Lyme and It’s Not Just Deer Ticks!

[canLyme Note: Ignore the spelling errors in the below, as it is an unedited article. This is an important summation because in the province of British Columbia and perhaps parts of Alberta, the migratory birds are delivering California ticks each and every season. Precious little information is published in Canada on the state of tick borne disease in British Columbia. Continues →