INVERTEBRATE SPECIES SUMMARY PAGE

Argas persicus - Fowl tick:

Summary Information
Taxonomic Classification Animalia / Chelicerata / Arachnida / Acarina / Argasidae / Argas / Species:

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Description Ticks appear yellowish-brown when starved and slatey-blue when engorged. They are found on the animal host or in cracks and crevices of buildings (B24).
Systems affected Skin and integument.
Life Cycle
Taxa Groups (hyperlinked if included as Wildpro Modules) containing host species which have been recorded as infected by this organism. --
Intermediate Hosts (if known/applicable) --
Paratenic Hosts (if known/applicable) --
Geographic distribution --
Associated Waterfowl Diseases Tick Paralysis Waterfowl Disease Summary
  • Ascending flaccid paralysis. May start as slight motor incoordination, followed by hind limb paralysis, forelimb paralysis and finally respiratory distress and death from respiratory failure.
  • Occurs due to absorption of toxins from the saliva of feeding ticks and is thought to be related to individual host responses.
  • Affects humans, cattle, sheep, goats, horses, pigs, cats, dogs and poultry, and is recorded associated with a variety of tick species.
Waterfowl in which the DISEASE has been recorded (NOT necessarily this specific organism)
  • "Ducks and Geese" - species not specified.
Fowl Tick Infection (Argas persicus infection) Waterfowl Disease Summary Tick infestation which may cause blood loss sufficient to produce clinical anaemia, and also tick paralysis (Tick Paralysis). Important vector and reservoir of Borrelia anserina, the cause of borreliosis (Borreliosis).
Waterfowl in which the DISEASE has been recorded (NOT necessarily this specific organism)
  • "Ducks and Geese" - species not specified.
Borreliosis (Goose septicaemia, Spirochetosis) Waterfowl Disease Summary Acute septicaemic disease, usually transmitted by ticks, Argas spp.
Waterfowl in which the DISEASE has been recorded (NOT necessarily this specific organism)
  • "Geese and Ducks" - species not specified.

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