Non-native and invasive ticks: threats to human and animal health in the United States.

Non-native and invasive ticks: threats to human and animal health in the United States. M. J. Burridge.
Non-native and invasive ticks: threats to human and animal health in the United States.

Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2011. Quarto, laminated boards, black and white photographs, maps.

Over 100 non-native tick species have been introduced into the United States during the past century. Many of these ticks carry serious diseases affecting both humans and animals, and current measures to prevent introduction of invasive ticks are both inadequate and poorly enforced.
This comprehensive study of invasive ticks provides a detailed account of all non-native ticks introduced into the continental United States, documenting their methods of introduction, hosts, geographic distribution, life cycle and habitat, and disease associations. It also explores the risks that these ticks pose to the health of humans and animals and of methods for their control and eradication. Burridge outlines specific actions that must be taken to minimize the harm invasive ticks could do to human and animal health, to the environment, and to the economy if they were to become established in the United States. This indispensable volume concludes with a comprehensive list of all known hosts of these non-native tick species.

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