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Isolation of African swine fever virus from ticks of the Ornithodoros moubata complex (Ixodoidea: Argasidae) collected within the African swine fever enzootic area of Malawi

Haresnape, J. M.; Wilkinson, P. J. and Mellor, P. S. (1988). Isolation of African swine fever virus from ticks of the Ornithodoros moubata complex (Ixodoidea: Argasidae) collected within the African swine fever enzootic area of Malawi. Epidemiology and Infection, 101(1) pp. 173–185.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0950268800029332
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Abstract

Ticks of the Ornithodoros moubata complex were collected from domestic pig sties and dwelling houses, and from a warthog habitat, and tested for the presence of African swine fever (ASF) virus. Collections were made in 9 of the 24 districts of Malawi, these being primarily the districts in which O. moubata is most numerous. ASF virus was isolated from ticks collected in both domestic pig sties and houses in certain villages in Mchinji district where ASF outbreaks had recently occurred. Mchinji district is in the centre of a large ASF enzootic area which stretches into other districts of Malawi and also into Zambia and Mozambique. The high titre of virus in some of the ticks demonstrates that O. moubata can act as a virus reservoir and potential vector of disease in the field situation in Malawi.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 1988 Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0950-2688
Keywords: Ornithodoros moubata complex; African swine fever virus; domestic pig sties; Malawi; virus reservoir; infected ticks
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Life, Health and Chemical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 57816
Depositing User: Janet Haresnape
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2018 11:47
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2019 21:42
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/57816
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