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The infection prevalence, seasonality, supercooling point, and overwintering survival of Ixodes scapularis Say (Acari: Ixodidae) in Manitoba, Canada.

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dc.contributor.supervisor Rochon, Kateryn (Entomology) en_US
dc.contributor.author Polk, Zach
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-06T19:27:53Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-06T19:27:53Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/32458
dc.description.abstract The blacklegged tick Ixodes scapularis is an ectoparasite capable of transmitting many different human pathogens. In Manitoba, blacklegged ticks have been expanding their range north and west since the discovery of an endemic population in 2006. Although well studied in Eastern Canada, studies in Manitoba are lacking. To address existing knowledge gaps, I determined the seasonality, pathogen prevalence, overwintering success and cold hardiness of blacklegged ticks in Manitoba. My results indicate immature blacklegged ticks feed synchronously, and Borrelia burgdorferi and Anaplasma phagocytophilum are quite prevalent at two provincial parks in the province. I also found adult blacklegged ticks have a low degree of cold hardiness, but are still capable of successfully overwintering in Manitoba. This work is the first of its kind within the province, and will add to the growing body of literature on blacklegged ticks which can be applied to risk modelling by public health researcher. en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Entomology en_US
dc.subject Ticks en_US
dc.subject Mammals en_US
dc.subject Manitoba en_US
dc.subject Ixodes scapularis en_US
dc.subject Lyme disease en_US
dc.subject Borrelia burgdorferi en_US
dc.subject Super cooling point en_US
dc.subject Cold hardiness en_US
dc.title The infection prevalence, seasonality, supercooling point, and overwintering survival of Ixodes scapularis Say (Acari: Ixodidae) in Manitoba, Canada. en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.type master thesis en_US
dc.degree.discipline Entomology en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Lindsay, Robbin (Public Health Agency of Canada) Iranpour, Mahmood (Public Health Agency of Canada) Hanson, Mark (Environment and Geography) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Science (M.Sc.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2017 en_US


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