ticks and tick-borne diseases
selected articles from the


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P.H. SpringellThe cattle tick in relation to animal production in Australia (10)
Ralph BramTick-borne livestock diseases and their vectors.
1. The global problem (16)
Gerrit UilenbergTick-borne livestock diseases and their vectors.
2. Epizootiology of tick-borne diseases (17)
L.L. CallowTick-borne livestock diseases and their vectors.
3. Australian methods of vaccination against anaplasmosis and babesiosis (18)
R.O. DrummondTick-borne livestock diseases and their vectors.
4. Chemical control of ticks (19)
R.H. WhartonTick-borne livestock diseases and their vectors.
5. Acaricide resistance and alternative methods of tick control (20)
T.E. Amerault and T.O. RobyCard test. An accurate and simple procedure for detecting anaplasmosis (22)
L.L. CallowTicks and tick-borne diseases as a barrier to the introduction of exotic cattle to the tropics (28)
R.A. Bram and J.H. GrayEradication - an alternative to tick and tick-borne disease control (30)
R.M. Arnold and M. AsselbergsTick-borne diseases - immunization of cattle imported into Mozambique (40)
S.A. Ajayi, J.P. Fabiyi and J. Umo[Short Communications] Clinical bovine anaplasmosis and babesiosis in Friesian cattle - an outbreak in Nigeria and its control (43)
 [Comment] Ticks and grassland (44)
R.M. Arnold and J.A. Travassos Santos DiasTicks and tick-borne haemo-parasites of sheep and goats - seasonal distribution in Mozambique (45)

Note: The numbers in parentheses indicate the issue of the World Animal Review in which the article was published.


This volume in FAO's Animal Production and Health Papers consists of articles on ticks and tick-borne diseases which appeared in World Animal Review between 1974 and the present year.

As may be seen, the cover a range of subjects which are of considerable importance to countries in tropical and sub-tropical regions and especially to developing countries.

Tick-borne diseases are the cause of one of the most economically serious losses of ruminants in Africa (assuming of course that rinderpest is routinely controlled).

Exotic breeds of livestock are being imported into tropical and sub-tropical regions in increasing numbers, often in spite of their poor adaptation to local climatic conditions. Such cattle are especially susceptible to tick-borne diseases and the effects of tick infestation. It is, therefore, of vital importance that all concerned with both the supply of cattle from the exporting countries and with the importation of exotic cattle into countries in the tropical and sub-tropical regions should be well aware of the risks involved and the measures which must be adopted to ensure that the imported cattle are maintained under high standards of disease and parasitic control, feeding and management.

Readers of this present volume will find a previous volume in the same series (No. 19) “East Coast fever and related tick-borne diseases” also of great interest.

Volume 19 contains the scientific papers published by the FAO/UNDP Project “Research on tick-borne diseases and tick control” established in 1980 at the request of the Governments of Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania and Uganda which, while having as its objective the study of control of ticks and tick-borne diseases in general, placed special emphasis on immunological work designed to control East Coast fever.

It is of considerable significance that in 1967 the FAO East African Livestock Survey gave the highest priority in its recommendations (applicable to many other parts of Africa) to research in ECF and other theilerioses. Volume 19 of this series and the present volume must, therefore, be considered valuable contributions to the continuous efforts being made to control ticks and the tick-borne diseases.