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Tickborne disease
Tick bites and tick-transmitted diseases
  1. Mara Rocchi,
  2. Mark Dagleish and
  3. Colin McInnes
  1. The Moredun Research, Institute Bush Loan, Penicuik EH26 0PZ
  1. e-mail: mara.rocchi{at}

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We write in response to John Tulloch's research comment ‘What is the risk of tickborne disease to UK pets?’ (VR, 5 May 2018, vol 182, pp 511-513). Tulloch, commenting on an original research article printed in the same issue – Be tick aware: when and where to check cats and dogs for ticks (p 514) – emphasises the requirement for further research into the prevalence of tick-borne diseases in domestic pets within the UK. We agree, but while Tulloch indicated only two tick-borne infections (Babesia canis and Borrelia burgdoferi) that can be acquired in the UK by pets and two that may be encountered …

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