Ticks as vectors of CCHF and ASF


CCHF, ASF, vector, Hyalomma, Ornithodoros, tick-borne disease, Europe
First published in the EFSA Journal
10 August 2010
22 July 2010
18 February 2013. This version replaces the previous one/s.

The correction made in this new version of the Scientific Output relates to changes in Figure 6, page 39, where some green dots representing coordinates of historical data that were assumed to have been published before 2000, should instead be in red as they were actually published between 2000-2010.

Scientific Opinion

The report provides an update on the role of the tick vectors in the epidemiology of African swine fever (ASF) and Crimean and Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in Eurasia, specifically to review of the geographical distribution of the relevant ticks with presentation of maps of their occurrence in Europe and Mediterranean basin; a description of the factors that define the relevant tick population dynamics and identify possible high risk areas in the EU; an update on the role of tick vectors associated with CCHF and ASF in Eurasia; and reviews available methods for the control of the relevant tick vectors. Data were collected through systematic literature review in a database from which maps of geographic distribution of ticks, CCHF virus and ASF virus were issued. The main vectors for CCHF are Hyalomma spp, Increase in the number of fragmented areas and the degradation of agricultural lands to bush lands are the two main factors in the creation of new foci of CCHF in endemic areas. Movement of livestock and wildlife species, which may carry infected ticks, contributes to the spread of the infection. The Middle East and Balkan countries are the most likely sources of introduction of CCHFV into other European countries. All the Ornithodoros species investigated so far can become infective with ASF virus and are perhaps biological vectors. These ticks are important in maintaining the local foci of the ASFV, but do not play an active role in the geographical spread of the virus. Wild boars have never been found infested by Ornithodoros spp. because wild boars normally do not rest inside protected burrows, but above the ground. There is no single ideal solution to the control of ticks relevant for CCHF or ASF. The integrated control approach is probably the most effective.

Panel members at the time of adoption
Anette Bøtner, Donald M. Broom, Marcus G. Doherr, Mariano Domingo, Joerg Hartung, Linda Keeling, Frank Koenen, Simon More, David Morton, Pascal Oltenacu, Albert Osterhaus, Fulvio Salati, Mo Salman, Moez Sanaa, James Michael Sharp, Jan Arend Stegeman, Endre Szücs, Hans-Hermann Thulke, Philippe Vannier, Anthony John Webster, Martin Wierup
Panel on Animal Health and Welfare
ahaw [at] efsa.europa.eu
EFSA Journal 2010;8(8):1703 [156 pp.].
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