Current and potential future distribution of the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis, Say) in North America.

TitleCurrent and potential future distribution of the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis, Say) in North America.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMinigan JN, Hager HA, Peregrine AS, Newman JA
JournalTicks Tick Borne Dis.
VolumeS1877-959X
Start Page30187
Issue17
Date Published12/2017
Keywordsamerican, dermacentor, dog, tick, variabilis
Abstract

Our consensus model projected that the area of suitable climate in North America could increase from present by approximately 50% by 2070. In areas beyond the current northern limit of D. variabilis, climate could become more suitable for the tick than at present, possibly resulting in a northward expansion in Canada, but the potential suitability of the southern range of D. variabilis could decrease, depending on the region and climate model. Due to the ability of D. variabilis to harbor and transmit pathogens, a change in the distribution of this species could also affect the risk of human and animal diseases throughout North America, particularly in the northern range of the tick.

URLhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29275873