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Tickborne diseases
Babesia canis detected in dogs and associated ticks from Essex
  1. L. Paul Phipps1,
  2. Maria Del Mar Fernandez De Marco1,
  3. Luis M. Hernández-Triana1,
  4. Nicholas Johnson1,
  5. Clive Swainsbury2,
  6. Jolyon M. Medlock3,
  7. Kayleigh Hansford3 and
  8. Sian Mitchell4
  1. 1Animal and Plant Health Agency, Woodham Lane, New Haw, Surrey KT15 3NB, e-mail: Nick.Johnson@apha.gsi.gov.uk
  2. 2Forest Veterinary Centre, Eastwick Lodge, Harlow, Essex CM20 2QT
  3. 3Medical Entomology and Zoonoses Ecology, Emergency Response Department, Public Health England, Porton Down SP4 0JG
  4. 4APHA Carmarthen, Jobs Well Road, Johnstown, Carmarthen SA31 3EZ

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FOLLOWING the letter from Clive Swainsbury and others about a cluster of cases of babesiosis in dogs from Essex with no history of foreign travel (VR, February 13, 2016, vol 178, p 172), a tick removed from one of the dogs was sent to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to confirm its identification and investigate the presence of Babesia. Based on morphology the tick was identified as an adult male Dermacentor reticulatus, a species that has been reported from a number of locations in western Wales and the south west and south east of England, including Essex (Jameson and Medlock 2010, Medlock and others 2011, …

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