|Title||Emerging Tick-Borne Pathogens in Central Canada: Recent Detections of Babesia odocoilei and Rickettsia rickettsii|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2022|
|Journal||Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis.|
|Authors||Crandall KE, Kerr JT, Millien V|
|Keywords||babesia, odocoilei, Pathogens, rickettsia, small mammals, surveillance, ticks|
Our results provide evidence that emerging tick-borne pathogens may be present outside defined risk areas identified by current surveillance efforts in Canada. As a result, emerging tick-borne pathogens introduced by the dispersal of infected ticks by migratory birds or maintained by hosts and vectors through cryptic transmission cycles may go undetected. More comprehensive testing including all tick life stages and additional tick-borne pathogens will help detect the spread and potential risk of emerging or re-emerging tick-borne pathogens for human and wildlife populations throughout Canada.