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Relationship between skin-sensitizing antibody production in the eastern cottontail, Sylvilagus floridanus, and infestations by the rabbit tick, Haemaphysalis leporispalustris, and the American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis (Acari: Ixodidae)
- McGowan, M.J., McNew, R.W., Homer, J.T., Camin, J.H.
- Journal of medical entomology 1982 v.19 no.2 pp. 198-203
- immunity, cross reaction, Haemaphysalis leporispalustris, population ecology, Dermacentor variabilis, host-parasite relationships
- Haemaphysalis leporispalustris, eastern cottontails and New Zealand white rabbits exposed to feeding ticks developed detectable resistance response which increased with multiple infestations, cross-resistance test with Dermacentor variabilis revealed no significant differences between numbers of replete nymphs or Prausnitz-Kustner scores regardless of tick species used, study supports hypothesis that resistance may function as homeostatic regulatory mechanism maintaining size of parasite population in equilibrium with that of host population