The ascendancy of Amblyomma americanum as a vector of pathogens affecting humans in the United States.

@article{Childs2003TheAO,
  title={The ascendancy of Amblyomma americanum as a vector of pathogens affecting humans in the United States.},
  author={James Emory Childs and Christopher D Paddock},
  journal={Annual review of entomology},
  year={2003},
  volume={48},
  pages={307-37}
}
Until the 1990s, Amblyomma americanum was regarded primarily as a nuisance species, but a tick of minor importance as a vector of zoonotic pathogens affecting humans. With the recent discoveries of Ehrlichia chaffeensis, Ehrlichia ewingii, and "Borrelia lonestari," the public health relevance of lone star ticks is no longer in question. During the next 25 years, the number of cases of human disease caused by A. americanum-associated pathogens will probably increase. Based on current… CONTINUE READING
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