The brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) on an imported dog

The brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) on an imported dog
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We wish to record the presence of the tick Rhipicephalus sanguineus on a dog imported from Australia. This tick is mainly parasitic on dogs although on rare occasions it has been collected from non-canine hosts (Roberts, 1965). Experimentally it has been shown capable of transmitting a wide variety of serious diseases but its role as a natural vector of many of them is unknown. In Australia it has been demonstrated as being naturally infected with CoxieIla burnetii (Smith, 1942) and is a presumed vector of Babesia canis of dogs (Hill and Bolton, 1966). The tick is widely distributed, and is recorded from all continents and some oceanic islands lying between latitudes 50°N and 36°S (Roberts, 1970). Auckland falls within these boundaries and therefore it is not unreasonable to suggest that R. sanguineus could become established in New Zealand…

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