Journal of the South African Veterinary Association
The aim of this communication is to provide preliminary information on the tick-borne pathogens of potential zoonotic importance present in southern Africa, mainly focusing on their geographical distribution and host range, and to identify research gaps. The following tick-borne zoonoses have been reported to occur in southern Africa based mainly on case reports: Crimean–Congo haemorrhagic fever caused by Crimean–Congo haemorrhagic fever virus; ehrlichiosis caused by Ehrlichia ruminantium, Ehrlichia canis and Anaplasma phagocytophilum; babesiosis caused by Babesia microti; relapsing fever caused by Borrelia duttonii and rickettsioses caused by Rickettsia africae, Rickettsia aeschlimannii and Rickettsia conorii. The epidemiological factors influencing their occurrence are briefly reviewed.
Original Publication Citation
Chitanga, S., Gaff, H., & Mukaratirwa, S. (2014). Tick-borne pathogens of potential zoonotic importance in the southern African region. J S Afr Vet Assoc, 85(1), 1084. doi: 10.4102/jsava.v85i1.1084
Chitanga, Simbarashe; Gaff, Holly; and Mukaratirwa, Samson, "Tick-Bourne Pathogens of Potential Zoonotic Importance in the Southern African Region" (2014). Biological Sciences Faculty Publications. 47.