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The pigeon tick, Argas reflexus, and hazard for human health


The pigeon tick, Argas reflexus, and hazard for human health



Annali Dell'istituto Superiore di Sanita 40(4): 427-432



ISSN/ISBN: 0021-2571

PMID: 15815109

The massive presence of the pigeon (Columba livia f. domestica) in urban areas not only is cause of serious aesthetic damages as decline of squares, of churches, of statues and buildings, but often creates many hygienic and medical problems. The pigeon, in fact, can transmit a great number of pathogenic agents and also be infested by several ectoparasites. Among these, Argas reflexus (Acari: Argasidae), the well known pigeon tick, is the most important ectoparasite that can involve also human health. Buildings infested by A. reflexus and attacks by this tick species to man are frequently reported, with an increasing interest for human health. In fact the pigeon tick bites can induce anaphylactic reactions for the presence of allergens, and as vector, the tick can also transmit some pathogens. This review deals with actual knowledge on the distribution, eco-biology, vector competence, prevention and control of A. reflexus in Italy.

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