Crowdsourcing-based nationwide tick collection reveals the distribution of Ixodes ricinus and I. persulcatus and associated pathogens in Finland

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Laaksonen , M , Sajanti , E , Sormunen , J J , Penttinen , R , Hanninen , J , Ruohomaki , K , Saaksjarvi , I , Vesterinen , E J , Vuorinen , I , Hytonen , J & Klemola , T 2017 , ' Crowdsourcing-based nationwide tick collection reveals the distribution of Ixodes ricinus and I. persulcatus and associated pathogens in Finland ' , Emerging microbes & infections , vol. 6 , e31 , pp. 1-7 . https://doi.org/10.1038/emi.2017.17

Title: Crowdsourcing-based nationwide tick collection reveals the distribution of Ixodes ricinus and I. persulcatus and associated pathogens in Finland
Author: Laaksonen, Maija; Sajanti, Eeva; Sormunen, Jani J.; Penttinen, Ritva; Hanninen, Jari; Ruohomaki, Kai; Saaksjarvi, Ilari; Vesterinen, Eero J.; Vuorinen, Ilppo; Hytonen, Jukka; Klemola, Tero
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Agricultural Sciences
Date: 2017-05-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 7
Belongs to series: Emerging microbes & infections
ISSN: 2222-1751
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/195374
Abstract: A national crowdsourcing-based tick collection campaign was organized in 2015 with the objective of producing novel data on tick distribution and tick-borne pathogens in Finland. Nearly 20 000 Ixodes ticks were collected. The collected material revealed the nationwide distribution of I. persulcatus for the first time and a shift northwards in the distribution of I. ricinus in Finland. A subset of 2038 tick samples containing both species was screened for Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (the prevalence was 14.2% for I. ricinus and 19.8% for I. persulcatus), B. miyamotoi (0.2% and 0.4%, respectively) and tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV; 0.2% and 3.0%, respectively). We also report new risk areas for TBEV in Finland and, for the first time, the presence of B. miyamotoi in ticks from mainland Finland. Most importantly, our study demonstrates the overwhelming power of citizen science in accomplishing a collection effort that would have been impossible with the scientific community alone.
Subject: Borrelia burgdorferi
Borrelia miyamotoi
crowdsourcing
distribution
Ixodes persulcatus
Ixodes ricinus
tick-borne encephalitis virus
tick-borne pathogens
BORNE ENCEPHALITIS-VIRUS
BURGDORFERI SENSU-LATO
GEOGRAPHICAL-DISTRIBUTION
LYME BORRELIOSIS
CLIMATE-CHANGE
PREVALENCE
RUSSIA
EUROPE
SWEDEN
POPULATION
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