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The Tickvectors program is a research project that aims to characterise potential pathogens in ticks across Australia, established in response to the emerging international disease problem of tick-borne infections.
The research uses current scientific techniques to study ticks and the diseases they transmit to people and animals. The current focus of the project is on potentially zoonotic diseases transmitted by ticks that present a serious problem in other countries. The research team is looking for evidence that these pathogens do or don't exist in Australian ticks, wildlife, companion animals and people.
Ticks are currently being collected from all over urban, rural and remote Australia, including from dogs in remote Indigenous communities.
The research is being carried out by a team from Murdoch university, with the assistance of Bayer Animal Health.
Abstract adapted from Tickvectors
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