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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)

Author:
McGowan, M.J., McNew, R.W., Homer, J.T., Camin, J.H.
Source:
Journal of medical entomology 1982 v.19 no.2 pp. 198-203
ISSN:
0022-2585
Subject:
immunity, cross reaction, Haemaphysalis leporispalustris, population ecology, Dermacentor variabilis, host-parasite relationships
Abstract:
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
Agid:
1387949