South End of North Bound Tick

The South End of A North Bound Tick

Today's topic is tick poop and some of the diseases found in “it”.  We will also discuss those diseases potentially being transmitted to humans by tick poop.  There is also some information on lice and bat poop for those interested.  In the meantime...  

Maybe we could convince the CDC/IDSA who seemingly have not much to do these days to develop tiny little rolls of tick toilet paper and leave them along the wood’s edges to help reduce the possibility of transmission?   

Ok, it's true.  That idea is not as lucrative as a vaccine for humans, but certainly it's an inexpensive prevention measure with less side effects involved!


Borrelia burgdorferi

"Furthermore, the results emphasize that borrelial contamination by defecation is a possibility, and that caution should be exercised by researchers investigating pathogen/host/vector interactions.
Link Here-  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22651382

Borrelia recurrentis 

"Louse-borne relapsing fever (LBRF), caused by Borrelia recurrentis, is 1 of the most dangerous arthropod-borne diseases.  Using immunofluorescence assay, transmission electron microscopy, and culture, we detected borreliae excreted in lice feces beginning on day 14 after infection. We conclude that, similar to epidemic typhus and trench fever [Bartonella quintana], transmission of LBRF may be caused by lice feces."

Bat poo-poo & Babesia

"Altogether 221 (mostly individual) bat faecal samples were collected in Hungary and the Netherlands. The DNA was extracted, and analysed with PCR and sequencing for the presence of arthropod-borne apicomplexan protozoa. Babesia canis canis (with 99-100% homology) was identified in five samples, all from Hungary.

Spotted Fever- rickettsiae

"The fact that tick faeces were found to certain extent PCR-positive for the presence of SFG rickettsiae is apparently the first report on this subject and contributes to the knowledge of the transmission of these micro-organisms in the nature."

Tests for bird poo-poo developed

"The method is recommended for detection at the territory under study of circulation of the causative agent of tick-borne rickettsiosis by revealing the specific antigen in bird pellets."


Concern About Rabies Virus & 
Additional Spirochetal Organisms in Ticks 

Lone Star Ticks on Capybara

"A total of 218 ticks was retrieved from the animals [Capybara]: Amblyomma sp. larvae and nymphs (43%), A. dubitatum adults (52%), and A. cajennense adults (5%). 

The capybaras were free from most potentially zoonotic pathogens evaluated; however, the presence of Amblyomma spp. ticks (potential vectors of Rickettsia spp.) and indirect evidence of exposure to the rabies virusLeptospira sp., and Toxoplasma sp. warrant the maintenance of public health programs and wildlife health monitoring.  Link Here-  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24779462

Cabybara- largest rodent in the world- PICTURE-  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capybara











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