Arbovirus isolations from ixodid ticks infesting livestock, Kano Plain, Kenya.

In a study conducted on the Kano Plain, Kenya, virus isolation attempts were made on ixodid ticks collected, over a 14-month period, from livestock held in family enclosures (bomas) before releasing the animals for daily foraging. 8735 Amblyomma variegatum (Fabricius) were tested, 98.6% of which were taken from cattle, yielding 36 strains of Dugbe (DUG), four strains of Nairobi sheep disease (NSD), three strains of Bhanja (BHA), one strain of Thogoto (THO) and five strains of virus which could not be characterized. 6549 Rhipicephalus spp. ticks were collected (60.3% from cattle). NSD, DUG and BHA viruses were each isolated twice from ticks taken from cattle. One BHA virus strain was recovered from ticks from a sheep. One strain recovered from ticks on cattle could not be characterized.
AuthorsB K Johnson, A C Chanas, E J Squires, P Shockley, D I Simpson, J Parsons, D H Smith, J Casals
JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg) Vol. 74 Issue 6 Pg. 732-7 ( 1980) ISSN: 0035-9203 [Print] ENGLAND
PMID7210125 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
  • Animals
  • Arboviruses (isolation & purification)
  • Cattle
  • Cattle Diseases (parasitology)
  • Goats (parasitology)
  • Kenya
  • Sheep
  • Sheep Diseases (parasitology)
  • Tick Infestations (parasitology, veterinary)
  • Ticks (microbiology)

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