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Ornithodoros porcinus ticks, bushpigs, and African swine fever in Madagascar

Roger F., Ratovonjato J., Vola P., Uilenberg G.. 2001. Experimental and Applied Acarology, 25 (3) : p. 263-269.

DOI: 10.1023/A:1010687502145

African swine fever (ASF) has recently made its appearance in Madagascar. Ticks of the Ornithodoros moubata group, considered to be O. porcinus Walton, 1962 were formerly known to occur in western Madagascar, but seem to have disappeared from that region. However, three new sites where they occur were found in the humid and cool central highlands of Anatananarivo province. These ticks are known to be efficient reservoirs and vectors of ASF and constitute a considerable complication to the control of the disease. The authors also discuss another potentially complicating factor, the presence of a species of African bushpig, Potamochoerus larvatus.

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