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2013 (Vol. 5, Issue: 4)
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Preliminary Study on Ixodid Ticks Population of the Akagera National Park in Rwanda

Nahayo Adrien, Byukusenge Maurice, Linden Annick and Nshimiyimana Juvénal
Corresponding Author:  Nahayo Adrien 

Key words:  Amblyomma variegatum, Hyalomma truncatum, Rhipicephalus appendiculatus Rwanda, , , ,
Vol. 5 , (4): 125-129
Submitted Accepted Published
December 20, 2012 January 25, 2013 August 20, 2013

In Rwanda and subtropical African region in general, tick-borne diseases are regarded as one of the main threats of animal and human health. In this study we assessed the ixodids population in Akagera national park which can harbored by wild animals. In August and September, 2011 and 2012, ticks were collected on vegetation in three sites located in Akagera national park by flagging method. Within a total of 204 ticks collected, three species including Rhipicephalus appendiculatus, Hyalomma truncatum and Amblyomma variegatum were identified. The Rhipicephalus appendiculatus was predominant with 90.3% followed by Amblyomma variegatum and Hyalomma truncatum with 5.1 and 4.5% of specimen sampled respectively. The results reported herein prove at the first time that the wild animal of Akagera national park are exposed to the tick and to the tick-borne diseases transmitted by these ones. Moreover, in this case, the wild animals of this park can act as reservoirs of those diseases for livestock and/or human in this region.
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Nahayo Adrien, Byukusenge Maurice, Linden Annick and Nshimiyimana Juvénal, 2013. Preliminary Study on Ixodid Ticks Population of the Akagera National Park in Rwanda.  International Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, 5(4): 125-129.
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