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Importation of R sanguineus into the UK via dogs
  1. Kayleigh M. Hansford,
  2. Maaike E. Pietzsch,
  3. Benjamin Cull and
  4. Jolyon M. Medlock
  1. Medical Entomology and Zoonoses Ecology, Health Protection and Medical Directorate, Public Health England, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 0JG
  1. e-mail: kayleigh.hansford{at}

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Rhipicephalus sanguineus is the vector for a number of pathogens important to animal and human health (Gray and others 2013). Its European distribution is largely confined to the Mediterranean basin, although infestations in kennels and dog owners' houses in climatically limiting environments is possible (Defra 2011).

Known as the kennel or brown dog tick, concerns have been raised over the potential for R sanguineus to be imported into the UK on travelling dogs following the relaxation of the Pet Travel Scheme rules in January 2012 (Jameson and others 2010, Abbott and others 2011, Featherstone and …

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