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Vectorborne diseases
Addressing vectorborne diseases
  1. Ian Wright1,
  2. Laura Stokes1,
  3. John McGarry2,
  4. Eric Morgan3,
  5. Hany Elsheikha4,
  6. Theo De Waal5,
  7. Jo Cable6 and
  8. E. M. Abbott7
  1. 1ESCCAP UK & Ireland, The Mews Studio, Portland Road, Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 2TA e-mail:
  2. 2School of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool, Great Newton Street, Liverpool L3 5RP
  3. 3University of Bristol Veterinary School, Bristol Life Sciences Building, 24 Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TQ
  4. 4School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Leicestershire LE12 5RD
  5. 5University College Dublin, School of Veterinary Medicine, Room 034, UCD Veterinary Sciences Centre, Belfield, Dublin D04 W6F6, Ireland
  6. 6Cardiff School of Biosciences, The Sir Martin Evans Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff CF10 3AX
  7. 7ESCCAP UK & Ireland, PO Box 47542, London N14 6WS

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FOCUSING on the recent cases of canine babesiosis in Essex, your Comment ‘Ticking the wrong boxes’ (VR, March 26, 2016, vol 178, p 302) reviews long-standing concerns about the potential introduction and establishment of exotic tickborne diseases in the UK, concluding with the need for diligent surveillance and education. Babesia canis infections have been demonstrated in dogs without previous history of travel outside the UK and the parasite has been detected in the local Essex Dermacentor reticulatus tick population (Phipps and others 2016).

B canis is transmitted through generations of ticks via their eggs and, now that the natural transmission requirements for the parasite are evident, the logical expectation is that this pathogen is not only here to stay, but will also spread across the UK as ticks increase in geographic range. …

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