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Distribution of ticks carrying Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome Virus (SFTSV) around Jiri walking trails of Jeollanam-do, Korea
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Distribution of ticks carrying Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome Virus (SFTSV) around Jiri walking trails of Jeollanam-do, Korea
Song, Byung Joon; Lim, Hyun Cheol; Ha, Tae Man; Jeon, Doo Yung; Yang, Soo In; Song, Hyeon Je;
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 Abstract
Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) is an emerging disease characterized by fever and thrombocytopenia. Haemaphysalis longicornis ticks comprise the major population of ticks in the environment and have been considered as the main vector for SFTS virus (SFTSV). Here we investigated the distribution of ticks carrying SFTSV collected from the environment using the dragging or sweeping methods during April~October 2015 in Jeollanam-do, Korea. Sampling was taken from Songjeong, Omi, Bangkwang, Sandong areas in Jiri walking trails. Among the total 3,869 ticks collected, 3,823 ticks (98.8%) were H. longicornis, 41 (1.1%) were Amblyomma testudinarium, and 5 (0.1%) were Ixodes nipponensis. Classification results by regional groups of H. longicornis indicated that 1,613 ticks were collected in Sandong, 1,190 ticks in Omi, 603 ticks in Bangkwang, and 417 ticks in Songjeong. In monthly distributional studies of H. longicornis based on the developmental stages, nymph (325 ticks) was collected from May to October, 94% of larvae from April to June, and 94% of adult from June to August. These results showed the different dominant stage of ticks according to seasons. However, no SFTSV-specific gene was detected in 3,823 ticks of H. longicornis, 41 of A. testudinarium and 5 of I. nipponensis.
 Keywords
Haemaphysalis longicornis;Jiri walking trails;Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome;
 Language
Korean
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