A composition study of a targeted sampling of Ixodidae family ticks and their pathogen status throughout the Flint Hills region of Kansas
Keywords:Bovine anaplasmosis, ticks, Kansas, iatrogenic vector, Anaplasma marginale, bacteria
Bovine anaplasmosis is an economically significant disease of cattle concerning the producers and veterinary practitioners of the state of Kansas as well as the rest of the United States. Its transmission by iatrogenic vectors has been well classified. The role of persistently infected ticks in the transmission of Anaplasma marginale is also well known, but their role as biological magnifiers and their ability to harbor the bacteria in novel ecological areas warrant further examination. The objective of this study was to quantify the distribution and infection status of Ixodidae ticks throughout the rangeland of the Flint Hills region of Kansas.