Korean J Parasitol.  2014 Oct;52(5):565-568. 10.3347/kjp.2014.52.5.565.

Ixodid Tick Infestation in Cattle and Wild Animals in Maswa and Iringa, Tanzania

  • 1Department of Environmental Medical Biology and Institute of Tropical Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul 120-752, Korea. tsyong212@yuhs.ac
  • 2Arthropods of Medical Importance Resource Bank, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul 120-752, Korea.
  • 3Department of Microbiology, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon 443-380, Korea.
  • 4Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute, P.O. Box 661, Arusha, Tanzania.


Ticks and tick-borne diseases are important in human and livestock health worldwide. In November 2012, ixodid ticks were collected and identified morphologically from cattle and wild animals in the Maswa district and Iringa urban, Tanzania. Amblyomma gemma, A. lepidum, and A. variegatum were identified from Maswa cattle, and A. variegatum was the predominant species. A. marmoreum, Hyalomma impeltatum, and Rhipicephalus pulchellus were identified from Iringa cattle in addition to the above 3 Amblyomma species, and A. gemma was the most abundant species. Total 4 Amblyomma and 6 Rhipicephalus species were identified from wild animals of the 2 areas. A. lepidum was predominant in Maswa buffaloes, whereas A. gemma was predominant in Iringa buffaloes. Overall, A. variegatum in cattle was predominant in the Maswa district and A. gemma was predominant in Iringa, Tanzania.


Ixodid tick; cattle; wild animal; Maswa; Iringa; Tanzania
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