Title

Tick (Acari: Ixodidae) infestation at two rural, seasonal camps in Maine and Vermont.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-1-2010

Institution/Department

Lyme and Vector-Borne Disease Laboratory, Maine Medical Center Research Institute

Journal Title

The Journal of parasitology

MeSH Headings

Animals, Arachnid Vectors, Encephalitis Viruses, Tick-Borne, Encephalitis, Tick-Borne, Female, Floors and Floorcoverings, Housing, Humans, Ixodes, Maine, Male, Mephitidae, Rural Population, Sciuridae, Seasons, Tick Infestations, Vermont

Abstract

In July 2008, owners of seasonal camps in Vermont and Maine were exposed to large numbers of questing ticks after opening their camps for the season. Examination of collected specimens revealed that the camp in Vermont was infested with Ixodes cookei Packard, and the camp in Maine was infested with Ixodes marxi Banks. In both instances, numerous tick bites were reported by residents. Both camps were also occupied by wildlife during the off-season, primarily squirrels (Maine) and skunks (Vermont). Subsequent samples from the Vermont site were tested for the presence of Powassan encephalitis virus, though no viral activity was detected.

ISSN

1937-2345

First Page

442

Last Page

443

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