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Overwintering of the brown dog tick in residential properties in England – raising awareness
  1. Kayleigh M. Hansford1,
  2. Maaike E. Pietzsch1,
  3. Benjamin Cull1,
  4. Jolyon M. Medlock1 and
  5. Richard Wall2
  1. 1Medical Entomology & Zoonoses Ecology, Emergency Response Department – Science & Technology, Public Health England, Porton Down SP4 0JG
  2. 2Veterinary Parasitology & Ecology Group, Life Sciences Building, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1UG
  1. e-mail: kayleigh.hansford{at}

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PUBLIC Health England (PHE) previously reported a house infestation with the brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, in a residential property in Essex during 2014, following the importation of a dog from Spain (Hansford and others 2015). Despite repeated treatment of the property and continued application of tick treatments on dogs within the property, ticks are still being found and submitted to PHE's tick recording scheme (TRS). Repeated findings of these non-native ticks within the property suggest that a population has established and has been able to overwinter. This continues to represent a biting and potential disease risk to owners and pets within …

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