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Infestation of the spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca) by Hyalomma aegyptium in Tunisia.
Ticks Tick Borne Dis 2015; 6(3):352-5TT

Abstract

We examined 210 spur-thighed tortoises (Testudo graeca) for the presence of ticks in Tunisia during May 2014. A total number of 602 adult ticks were collected and identified leading to the estimation of parasitological indicators. All the ticks belonged to a single species: Hyalomma aegyptium. The mean infestation prevalence was 66.2%, mean overall infestation intensity and abundance were 4.33 and 2.86 ticks/tortoise respectively. Our survey showed that tortoises were significantly more infested by male ticks than females (p<0.001). The ticks were mainly present in the posterior limbs compared to other body regions (p<0.05). There was no significance variation of length and weight of tortoises according to sex (p<0.05). There was a significant correlation between the tortoises' size (length and weight) and tick infestation. This study showed high tick burdens of spur-thighed tortoises in Tunisia; further investigations are needed to determine exactly the role of this tick species in the transmission of different zoonotic pathogens.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Laboratoire de Parasitologie, École Nationale de Médecine Vétérinaire, Université de la Manouba, 2020 Sidi Thabet, Tunisia.Laboratoire de Parasitologie, École Nationale de Médecine Vétérinaire, Université de la Manouba, 2020 Sidi Thabet, Tunisia. Electronic address: medridharjeibi@yahoo.fr.Laboratoire de Parasitologie, École Nationale de Médecine Vétérinaire, Université de la Manouba, 2020 Sidi Thabet, Tunisia.Laboratoire de Parasitologie, École Nationale de Médecine Vétérinaire, Université de la Manouba, 2020 Sidi Thabet, Tunisia.Laboratoire de Parasitologie, École Nationale de Médecine Vétérinaire, Université de la Manouba, 2020 Sidi Thabet, Tunisia.Laboratoire de Parasitologie, École Nationale de Médecine Vétérinaire, Université de la Manouba, 2020 Sidi Thabet, Tunisia.Laboratoire de Parasitologie, École Nationale de Médecine Vétérinaire, Université de la Manouba, 2020 Sidi Thabet, Tunisia.Laboratoire de Parasitologie, École Nationale de Médecine Vétérinaire, Université de la Manouba, 2020 Sidi Thabet, Tunisia.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25791981

Citation

Gharbi, Mohamed, et al. "Infestation of the Spur-thighed Tortoise (Testudo Graeca) By Hyalomma Aegyptium in Tunisia." Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases, vol. 6, no. 3, 2015, pp. 352-5.
Gharbi M, Rjeibi MR, Rouatbi M, et al. Infestation of the spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca) by Hyalomma aegyptium in Tunisia. Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2015;6(3):352-5.
Gharbi, M., Rjeibi, M. R., Rouatbi, M., Mabrouk, M., Mhadhbi, M., Amairia, S., ... Boussaadoun, M. A. (2015). Infestation of the spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca) by Hyalomma aegyptium in Tunisia. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases, 6(3), pp. 352-5. doi:10.1016/j.ttbdis.2015.02.009.
Gharbi M, et al. Infestation of the Spur-thighed Tortoise (Testudo Graeca) By Hyalomma Aegyptium in Tunisia. Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2015;6(3):352-5. PubMed PMID: 25791981.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Infestation of the spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca) by Hyalomma aegyptium in Tunisia. AU - Gharbi,Mohamed, AU - Rjeibi,Mohamed Ridha, AU - Rouatbi,Mariem, AU - Mabrouk,Moez, AU - Mhadhbi,Moez, AU - Amairia,Safa, AU - Amdouni,Yosra, AU - Boussaadoun,Mohamed Anis, Y1 - 2015/03/06/ PY - 2014/12/06/received PY - 2015/02/24/revised PY - 2015/02/25/accepted PY - 2015/3/21/entrez PY - 2015/3/21/pubmed PY - 2016/5/3/medline KW - Hyalomma aegyptium KW - Testudo graeca KW - Ticks KW - Tunisia SP - 352 EP - 5 JF - Ticks and tick-borne diseases JO - Ticks Tick Borne Dis VL - 6 IS - 3 N2 - We examined 210 spur-thighed tortoises (Testudo graeca) for the presence of ticks in Tunisia during May 2014. A total number of 602 adult ticks were collected and identified leading to the estimation of parasitological indicators. All the ticks belonged to a single species: Hyalomma aegyptium. The mean infestation prevalence was 66.2%, mean overall infestation intensity and abundance were 4.33 and 2.86 ticks/tortoise respectively. Our survey showed that tortoises were significantly more infested by male ticks than females (p<0.001). The ticks were mainly present in the posterior limbs compared to other body regions (p<0.05). There was no significance variation of length and weight of tortoises according to sex (p<0.05). There was a significant correlation between the tortoises' size (length and weight) and tick infestation. This study showed high tick burdens of spur-thighed tortoises in Tunisia; further investigations are needed to determine exactly the role of this tick species in the transmission of different zoonotic pathogens. SN - 1877-9603 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/25791981/Infestation_of_the_spur_thighed_tortoise__Testudo_graeca__by_Hyalomma_aegyptium_in_Tunisia_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1877-959X(15)00035-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -