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Seasonal Dynamics and Distribution of Ticks in Rwanda: Implications for Tick Control Strategy in Rwanda

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Author(s): Edward Mutandwa | Nshimiyimana Juvenal

Journal: International Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
ISSN 2041-2894

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 21;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Altitude | density | humidity | rainfall | Rwanda | temperature | ticks

ABSTRACT
The broad objective of this study was to examine the dynamics and seasonal distribution of tick species in Rwanda in three agro-ecological zones namely high altitude (Gishwati), the mid altitude (Huye) and the lower altitude zones (Nyagatare). Ten cows per zone were identified and used for collecting ticks m onthly on a period covering the short dry season and long rainy season from December 2002 to June 2003. These animals were not treated and remained on pasture land. The results revealed that much of the variance in tick population is explained by the altitude and rainfall (p
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