A climate-based model for the development of the ixodid tick, Rhipicephalus-appendiculatus in East coast fever zones

D. King, G. Gettinby, R.M. Newson

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East Coast fever (Theileria parva infection) is an important parasitic disease of cattle in East and Central Africa. Past experimental studies have provided a great deal of information on the dynamics of the life cycle of the tick vector, Rhipicephalus appendiculatus. This paper describes a mathematical model based on field observations to explain the close relationship between the tick life cycle and climate. The model provides a basis for the future study of different ECF control programmes using computer experiments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-51
Number of pages10
JournalVeterinary Parasitology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1988


  • climate based model
  • ixodid tick
  • Rhipicephalus-appendiculatus
  • East coast fever zones

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