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.
- climate based model
- ixodid tick
- East coast fever zones
King, D., Gettinby, G., & Newson, R. M. (1988). A climate-based model for the development of the ixodid tick, Rhipicephalus-appendiculatus in East coast fever zones. Veterinary Parasitology, 29(1), 41-51. https://doi.org/10.1016/0304-4017(88)90006-4